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Alexander Vindman, whistleblower in first Trump impeachment, accuses Milley of breaking chain of command


WASHINGTON — A new book claiming that Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held calls with Chinese military leaders to head off a nuclear confrontation prompted swift backlash from many Trump allies — and one very consequential Trump critic.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the whistleblower who reported calls  with Ukraine that led to the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, called for Milley's ouster over the top general's phone calls.

"He 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," Vindman wrote in a tweet .

Vindman testified against Trump in a House impeachment inquiry into the president's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Milley, the top-ranking officer in the military, made two phone calls with his Chinese counterpart in 2020 to assure them that the U.S. would not launch a nuclear strike, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post.

Republicans, including Trump himself, and conservative media allies have condemned Milley's actions as "treasonous" and called for Milley's sacking. Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, have expressed concern that any president is able to unilaterally launch a nuclear weapon without congressional input.

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he still has "great confidence" in Milley. White House press secretary Jen Psaki also offered the administration's endorsement of the top general, continuing that Milley "went through the normal channels of communication" and did not subvert the chain of command.

"The outgoing president of the United States, during this period of time, fomented unrest leading to an insurrection leading to an attack on the nation's Capitol," Psaki added, calling the situation "key context" for Milley's actions.

Vindman, a former National Security Council staffer in the Trump White House, told USA TODAY in August that h e believes his duties required him to report on the former president's actions , regardless of his personal politics or the impact on his career.

After investigations surfaced that the Trump administration was withholding approved defense funding from Ukraine, Vindman's complaint resurfaced as key evidence in Trump's eventual first impeachment.

In July 2020, Vindman resigned from the Army , citing "bullying" from Trump and other senior aides that pushed him out of his national security role.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Alexander Vindman, whistleblower in first Trump impeachment, accuses Milley of breaking chain of command

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Jamey Bond

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No matter how we react to it we have some people in our mist who is trying to destroy the citizens and our country we need to clean HOUSE now.


Actually it was acceptance of Vindman's insubordination that led to Gen Milley and Jan 6. It was acceptance of the DemonRat takeover of America that lands us here today...hateful of each other, fearful, degraded.


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