On June 27, 2023, the House select committee probing the Capitol riot on January 6th heard testimony from General Mark Milley, the top U.S. military officer.
- Milley faced questions about his actions during Trump’s attempts to overturn the election, especially a phone call he made to Chinese officials to reassure them that the U.S. military would not stage a coup.
- Milley explained that he was worried about Trump’s mental state and that he wanted to avoid a “miscalculation” by China.
- Milley also revealed that he resisted Trump’s request to deploy the National Guard to the Capitol on January 6th and that he took measures to prevent Trump from using the military to cling to power.
- Milley’s testimony confirmed what he has said before, but it also offered some new insights into his dealings with Trump and his efforts to stop a coup.
- Milley’s testimony could have serious consequences for Trump and his allies. It could damge Trump’s image and make it harder for him to run for president again if Milley’s claims about Trump’s mental state are true.
Milley’s testimony received mixed responses. Some people suggested him for preventing Trump from using the military to stay in power, while others accused him of undermining Trump’s authority. The long-term impact of Milley’s testimony is yet to be seen, but it has certainly exposed new details about Trump’s efforts to overturn the election and his mental state before and after the Capitol riot on January 6th.
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