Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley is accused in new tell-all books of having actively worked to undermine former President Donald Trump’s military authority in the final months of the last administration.
While testifying before a Senate committee on Tuesday, he addressed related concerns and admitted that he spoke to the authors involved.
“I’ve seen press reporting of it”
Of course, Milley claimed that he had not yet read the books and could not say if the comments attributed to him were portrayed accurately.
Sen Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) brought up the issue during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, which was primarily focused on the Biden administration’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Tennessee Republican took a moment to quiz Milley on the accuracy of the statements included in books published in recent months.
Specifically, she asked if he had spoken to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa for their book Peril or Carol Leonnig and Phillip Rucker for their book I Alone Can Fix It.
He confirmed that he spoke to at least one of the authors of each book, as well as another reporter mentioned by the senator.
As for whether he was “accurately represented” in the resulting books, however, Milley said: “I haven’t read any of the books. I don’t know. I’ve seen press reporting of it, but I haven’t read the books.”
In response. Blackburn appeared to assign Milley the task of actually reading the books and getting back to her, which he said he would “absolutely” do. She later took aim at his “egotistical self-promotion” in a tweet on the matter.
General Mark Milley spent hours with journalists spinning his egotistical self-promotion instead of doing his job. pic.twitter.com/JRAOi4TPLe
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) September 28, 2021
Among the allegations lodged against Milley in the recent books is the claim that he contacted his Chinese counterparts to assure them that no surprise attack would be launched by Trump without a warning from him.
Considering the various other troubling and outrageous actions tied to his service as a military leader, Blackburn is surely not alone in determining whether he was “accurately represented” or not.