Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, a retired brigadier general in the U.S. military, and 26 other Republicans penned a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asking him to conduct an Article 15-6 investigation into Gen. Mark Milley’s potentially treasonous phone calls.
“We are gravely concerned with General (GEN) Mark Milley’s ability to exercise his duties and responsibilities as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this recent case, our specific concerns involve reports from 14 September 2021, which indicate that GEN Milley blatantly disregarded the concept of civilian control of the military, and gave aid and comfort to America’s principal adversary, the Chinese Communist Party,” the legislators wrote. “We request a formal AR 15-6 Investigation commence immediately with regard to these allegations.”
For the security of our Nation, @secdef must formally investigate Gen. Milley. He now has a letter demanding a formal Article 15-6 Investigation. No matter how many stars are on your shoulders, you’re never above your oath to support and defend the Constitution. #MarkMilley pic.twitter.com/bJUoAFQ9Oa
— RepScottPerry (@RepScottPerry) September 16, 2021
Milley reportedly called Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army twice while former President Donald Trump was still in office to reassure the communist military authority that the United States did not have plans to attack China.
This behavior, the legislators continued, is unacceptable and “treasonous.”
“To conspire with a communist, malfeasant, hostile, and genocidal government regarding our intentions — or lack thereof — with utter disregard to the implications of said ‘promise’ on our national security or our Service Members, is nothing short of craven (at best) and treasonous,” the letter stated.
The Republicans also criticized the corporate media for reporting “this story as if America were rendered a great service by GEN Milley, as if he simply were trying to ward off the supposedly unpredictable behavior of the elected president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”
“To be clear, however, if Mr. Woodward’saccount is true, GEN Milley’s pledge to China is nothing less than outright treason,” the letter continues.
The legislators asked Austin to suspend the general’s security clearance until there is a full investigation into the issue.
A Joint Staff spokesman for Milley has written off Milley’s behavior as “regular” and said “these conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict.”