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Conservative commentator Mark Levin is calling out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her alleged “key role” in Gen. Mark Milley’s undercutting of Donald Trump’s military authority.
During a segment on Fox News, Levin spoke about the explosive new book that alleges that Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held secret meetings behind then-President Trump’s back and privately told leaders not to take military strike or nuclear orders from Trump days after the Jan. 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol.
Levin argued that Democrats are going to keep supporting Milley because they don’t want any backlash for Pelosi.
Levin said Pelosi played “a key role in” undermining civilian control of the military under Trump via a call she made to Milley in the days after the Capitol incursion.
Pelosi had announced the conversation shortly after it happened on Jan. 8, saying in a letter to House Democrats she’d discussed “precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”
“What I’m saying to you is that if they couldn’t even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do?” Pelosi said during the call, according to the book. “And is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?
“You know he’s crazy. He’s been crazy for a long time,” she added.
Milley reportedly responded, “Madam Speaker, I agree with you on everything.”
That’s why, Levin said, “the Democrat Party will do everything they can to run interference for Milley” when the Joint Chiefs head appears on Capitol Hill on Sept. 28.
“They’re running interference for Milley because they’re running interference for Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi has a key role in this,” he continued.
“There’s a telephone conversation between Nancy Pelosi and General Milley in which she — who is absolutely nuts — accuses the president of the time, Trump, of being crazy, talks about nuclear weapons, and Milley says he agrees with her completely. He goes back to the Pentagon, he calls in his subordinates and they talk about ‘what is our process?’ and ‘let’s go over it’ for using nuclear weapons,” Levin continued.
“President Trump never hinted ever about using nuclear weapons, there’s no basis for this whatsoever. I might add, in a footnote, I don’t know who’s more loathsome, Milley, who is loathsome, or Woodward and Costa,” he continued.
“They sat on it for months and months when the American people should have known, when Congress should have known, and, of course, the people in the military should have known that we have a rogue general,” Levin added.
Two days after the January 6 incident at the Capitol Gen. Milley took an extraordinary step. He took secret action to talk to military leaders and told them not to take military strikes or nuclear orders from Trump.
Milley was “was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality about endless election conspiracies,” Bob Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa said in the book “Peril.”
Milley then called a meeting in secret on January 8 to examine the process for military action which included the launching of nuclear weapons
He told the military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center that they were not to take orders from anyone unless he was involved.