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Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right | TheHill

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Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has become a lightning rod for the Biden...
Mark Milley Mark MilleyTop Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Trump calls Milley story 'fake news' Overnight Defense & National Security — Details of Trump's final days prompt call to fire Milley MORE, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has become a lightning rod for the Biden administration, which is facing calls for him to resign over book excerpts underscoring his maneuvering during former President Trump Donald TrumpNewsom touts victory over recall as rejection of 'Trumpism' Newsom easily beats back recall effort in California Second senior official leaving DHS in a week MORE's final days in office.

Milley was already a target for conservatives before the revelations in "Peril," the upcoming book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post.

But the new bombshells, including that Milley twice called his Chinese counterpart following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol to assure him Trump did not have plans to attack Beijing as part of a ploy to remain in power, have sparked new calls for the general to resign.

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It's not just Trump supporters who are angered by the revelations either.

Claims in "Peril" that Milley moved to limit Trump's ability to call for a military strike or launch nuclear weapons after the riot have brought criticism from opponents of Trump, including retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman Alexander VindmanSponsor drops Schwarzenegger over rant about anti-maskers Schwarzenegger to anti-maskers: 'Screw your freedom' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE, who testified against Trump in his 2019 impeachment trial.

Vindman said Milley should resign if the reporting in "Peril" is accurate, saying on Twitter that Milley "usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military."

While pressure on Milley and President…
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