Sen. Rand Paul said ahead of scheduled testimony from Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley he wants the nation’s top military official to testify “under polygraph.”
The Kentucky Republican’s comments come amid claims in a forthcoming book, “Peril,” by two Washington Post reporters that Milley went behind then-President Donald Trump’s back to have conversations with his Chinese military counterpart without informing the commander-in-chief.
In addition, Milley supposedly told People’s Liberation Army Gen. Li Zuocheng on Oct. 30 and Jan. 8 to say the U.S. was not going to attack, but he would let him know ahead of time if former President Donald Trump decided to strike.
“I think Gen. Milley is the most pressing problem of the moment,” Paul told Blaze Media founder Glenn Beck.
“We can’t have generals talking to foreign countries and saying ‘Hey we think our president might bomb you so be prepared, I’m gonna try to stop him.’ That might actually cause an accidental war,” Paul surmised.
“Think about it: We have different things that are launched into space all the time. Satellites, this and that, and they can be misinterpreted as a missile,” Paul continued.
“If they were, we call each other and say, ‘No that’s a satellite, not a missile.’
“But what if a general has just called the Chinese dictator and said, ‘Our president is going to probably launch, I’ll try and stop him, but we think he might launch an attack,'” added Paul.
“They might interpret a satellite, some kind of launch into space, as a missile, and all of a sudden you have a nuclear war going on. It’s incredibly dangerous,” he said.
Paul then pointed out there are additional, serious ethical concerns of Milley allegedly working behind Trump’s back before demanding the four-star general speak to Congress.
“We have a chain of command. Not to mention that we have elections. Presidents are elected. Milley wasn’t elected to be president,” Paul said.
“I can’t even tell you how, how incredibly dangerous this is. He needs to be called in today and asked under polygraph what he said to the Chinese president or to his counterpart in China, and did he get permission to do so?” he said.
Trump ripped Milley in a statement and said if the book is accurate, Milley should be held accountable for his actions.
“If the story of ‘Dumba**’ General Mark Milley, the same failed leader who engineered the worst withdrawal from a country, Afghanistan, in U.S. history, leaving behind many dead and wounded soldiers, many American citizens, and $85 Billion worth of the newest and most sophisticated Military equipment in the world, and our Country’s reputation, is true, then I assume he would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification ‘of an attack.’ Can’t do that!” Trump said earlier this week.
Syndicated with permission from USA Features News.