General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, clarified his stance on the post-2020 election period, admitting that the former president never directly ordered him to break the law in order to investigate allegations of election fraud.
“I never did receive an illegal order,” Milley said.
Martha Raddatz, anchor of ABC’s “This Week,” highlighted that numerous reports suggested Milley feared President Trump might exploit the military to retain his position.
“Were you concerned at any time that you might receive an illegal order after Election Day?” she inquired during an interview that aired on Sunday.
“No, you know, I argued the case at various times for alternative courses of action. Never received an illegal order,” Milley replied.
Rumors have circulated for over two years, suggesting that Milley and other military officials were apprehensive about Trump possibly orchestrating a coup. Trump countered these claims with a statement, “If I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley.” He further clarified, “I’m not into coups!”
Currently, Trump is campaigning for the 2024 elections, aiming for another term in the White House. This could potentially set the stage for a 2020 rematch against President Joe Biden. Trump’s campaign unfolds amid indictments in four criminal cases, two of which revolve around alleged attempts to reverse the 2020 election results. The former president has consistently refuted any misconduct, entered a plea of not guilty for the charges against him and asserts that biased prosecutors are launching a “witch hunt” targeting him.
Milley, on the brink of retirement as his term concludes, shared his views on the possibility of another event akin to January 6. “No, I’m not nervous about it,” Milley declared. He elaborated, “I don’t get nervous about a lot of things. I’ve seen a lot of combat. So I’m beyond that actually.”
When probed about his confidence level, Milley asserted, “I am confident that the United States and the democracy in this country will prevail and the rule of law will prevail. I’m absolutely confident of that. And these institutions are built to be strong, resilient, and to adapt to the times, and I’m 100 percent confident we’ll be fine.”
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