Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has spoken with a handful of reporters for their books, he acknowledged.
The chairman told the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that he had spoken with Bob Woodward, Carol Leonnig, Phil Rucker, and Michael Bender for their books, all of which included explosive reporting regarding Milley and former President Donald Trump.
"Woodward, yes. Costa, no," Milley said when asked by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, later confirming that he spoke with the other journalists, though he couldn't say whether he was accurately represented.
“I haven’t read any of the books, so I don’t know," he said, later saying he would read them and respond then.
Milley has frequently found himself at the center of partisan controversies.
He recently faced calls for his registration and allegations of treason for his conversations with his Chinese counterpart in which he tried to calm the tensions between the countries, which was reported by Woodward and Robert Costa in their book, Peril. Critics have said that Milley usurped then-President Donald Trump's authority because he promised he'd warn the Chinese military of an impending attack.
Milley defended the call and revealed during his testimony that multiple Trump officials were informed of communication at the time.
Similarly, Leonnig and Rucker reported in their book that on Jan. 2, Milley told aides, “This is a Reichstag moment," and he feared Trump could attempt a coup.
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