As Republicans held on to reports accusing Milley of breaking the curtain of contempt and contempt of the former President, the talents had to misjudge the military and the military in Afghanistan rather than later in the war between Milley and lawmakers over his political career.
“I’m worried that there’s something wrong with me as a politician and my desire to do politics, which is not true,” Milley told the Armed Forces Committee on Wednesday. “I’m trying to stay politically neutral, and I believe I am.”
Milley apologized after the incident, acknowledging that his participation, especially while wearing a uniform, violated the military’s policy of preventing political activity.
“I did my best to stay on my own, and to try to control the military from politics, and I have said that since I became Chairman and especially starting last summer,” Milley said. apparently referring to the Lafayette Square event.
As with the Senate Armed Services on Tuesday, some Republican lawmakers used their limited time to speak Wednesday accusing Milley of spending time within a year from a photo shoot posing with authors whose books on Trump’s administration paint every senior as a democratic hero. and American organizations.
A lawyer has complained to the star-manager that he is too busy with his image to win the war, with some criticizing him for revealing important information to members of the media and not Congress.
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“You are more interested in what your views are and how people think about you in Washington’s publications, than you care about winning, which seems like this team can’t do it,” Representative Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican, said Wednesday about Milley and his colleagues at the court, Secretary of Defense. Lloyd Austin and US Central Command chief, Gen. Frank McKenzie.
Milley’s actions, which were announced by CNN and others earlier this month before the book was published, have sharply criticized Mr. Trump and his allies, including Milley’s campaign and sentencing him to trial for sedition.
A top US official gave a full defense of his actions on Tuesday and Wednesday, telling lawmakers that a call by a Chinese official was not only appropriate but that many Trump officials knew it had happened. That didn’t lower the criticism.
“You have chosen to speak to the media on our behalf, and this is very troubling,” said Rep. Mike Turner, commenting on Milley’s efforts to calm China’s concerns. “No one in Congress knew that one of the two major nuclear powers thought they might be under threat,” the Ohio Republican added.
Some went so far as to accuse Milley of breaking his chain of command – although he had testified that it reflected the intent of the former President and that Trump administration officials had been notified of the phone calls.
“These are two great powers, and I am doing my best to convey the president’s goal, Mr. Trump’s goal, to ensure that the American people are protected from a possible scourge,” Milley said Wednesday.
“I understand your purpose,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Missouri Republican, added that she still thinks it is “right to resign.”
“I’m not going to advise any enemy on what the United States will do in the actual system,” Milley shot again. “What I am trying to do to persuade the enemy, who is armed, was clear and unambiguous, as the news reports say, very worried about our character and what is happening inside this country, and they have been worried that we, President Trump,” have been attacking. he was not going to start a fight. ”
“At the behest of the Secretary of Defense, I caught the Chinese trying to force them,” Milley said.
Milley has pushed back criticism over his dealings with journalists, including Woodward, telling jurors that he did not regret talking to a Washington Post reporter even though he admitted to worrying the book could misrepresent him as wanting to “do politics.”
“I think it’s important for me to talk to journalists,” he said, adding at one point, “I believe part of my job is to talk to journalists. What we do as a government, what we do as a military, explain to the people.”
But Milley’s remarks did not help to dispel the anger of some Republicans who accused the chairman of trying to improve his image and did so in defense of national security. is shown by DDC media, you have spent a lot of time doing that, “Sen. Josh Hawley said during a Tuesday hearing.
Hawley, a Missouri Republican who faced severe criticism for his actions on January 6 and his remarks reducing the Capitol attacks in the months since then, said Milley had put himself at the forefront of trying to improve his public image rather than just looking at the downturn in Afghanistan and calling for his resignation.
Gaetz, who becomes one of Trump’s most outspoken supporters of Congress, launched an offensive against Milley Wednesday, sparking a strong response from a senior US official.
“You have spent a lot of time with Bob Woodward on this book on what you have spent exploring the hope that the Afghan Government will immediately fall to the Taliban, not you,” Gaetz blamed.
“Not even close, Congressman,” Milley replied.
Gaetz continued, telling Milley, “we are not questioning your whereabouts, we are questioning your legal position, we are going to break the chain of command, obviously that is what you have done.”
“I did not lower the chain of command,” Milley replied.
Pennsylvania Attorney Chrissy Houlahan, a Democrat and Air Force soldier, apologized after Gaetz’s shortcomings and tried to turn a deaf ear to material questions. He thanked the military leaders for the “opportunity to ask questions that are important to you, questions that should be asked of you in the spirit of our oversight work, rather than annoying.”
Apologies and frustrations are evident
Continuing attacks on Milley’s handling of the newspaper appeared to wear off on other members as the hearing continued.
Chairman of the Democratic Party, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, was seen expressing concern and at one point, uttered a loud sigh that seemed to cover his mind about the attacks by his Republican colleagues. At the end of another round of inquiries about Milley’s relationship with the book’s authors, Smith complained, “that was helpful.”
Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, apologized to Milley of Republicans who questioned her Wednesday and applauded her actions in connection with the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol, seeing this as “the first time in the history of our country that we did not have peace.”
“General Milley, you have found yourself in your constitutional duty, standing on the brink of extinction. And to any member of this committee, to any American, to question your loyalty to our nation, to question your understanding of our Constitution, your loyalty to the Constitution, your recognition and understanding of the chain of command. , ”said Cheney.
“I would like to apologize to the members of this committee,” he added.
CNN’s Ellie Kaufman, Jennifer Hansler, Michael Conte, Christian Sierra, Sarah Fortinsky, Corey James and Jeremy Herb also provided information.