A key witness in the first impeachment of then-President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “must resign” if he is confirmed to have made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart in order to reassure Beijing that Trump would not order military action against the communist superpower.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a former member of the National Security Council, tweeted that if the calls were made, Milley “usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military.
“It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that,” added Vindman, who concluded his post by adding a hashtag to the phrase “do the right thing in the right way.”
Details of the calls between Milley and Li Zuocheng, the chief of the Joint Staff Department of Beijing’s Central Military Commission, were reported by Bob Woodward