US President Donald Trump gestures during a rally for the certification of the results of the 2020 US presidential election by the US Congress in Washington, the United States, January 6, 2021.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told America’s top military general then President Donald Trump was a “dictator” who “should have been arrested on the spot” he instigated Jan. 6 to support his coup attempt to stay in the White House. Noted. Capitol Rebellion, reveals a new book.
Pelosi also said in a January phone call with General Mike Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that “Republicans have blood on their hands” to create confusion over their ability to maintain the presidency. of Trump. Can go, says the book.
“But it is a sad state for our country that we have been caught by a dictator who used force against another branch of government,” Democrat Pelosi of California met during the appeal several days after the riots. Recount. “Peril,” the new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
“And he’s still sitting there. He should have been arrested. He should have been arrested on the spot, ”said Pelosi, second in the line of presidential succession.
“He had organized a coup against us so that he could continue to exercise his functions. There must be a way to remove it, ”the speaker said. Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump cabinet launched the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
The book indicates that Milley believed the January 6 riots by Trump supporters to be a well-planned and coordinated attack designed to topple the U.S. government so that Congress can replace Joe Biden as president. to prevent authentication of the election.
The riot began when Trump at a rally outside the White House urged crowds to march to Capitol Hill and fight the confirmation of Biden Electoral College’s victory. The invasion delayed Biden’s confirmation for hours and killed five people in a row.
The book indicates that Milley feared that even after the uprising Trump could still seek out what the general called a “Reichstag moment,” after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler set fire to that country’s parliament building in 1933. reference to full power in Germany.
The book details Milley’s efforts to prevent Trump from starting a nuclear war or launching another military offensive in his last days in power.
He told Pelosi that “there is no way this president will snowball in hell, or that a president will unlawfully, immorally, immorally launch nuclear weapons without proper certification,” according to the book.
But after the call, Millie, who had “no absolute certainty that the military could control or trust Trump,” held a meeting with senior officials from the National Military Command to review procedures for launching weapons. nuclear. .
Only the president could order such use, he reminded officials, but told them that he, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should be involved in command of the launch, according to the book. .
Then he walked around the room, with each officer verbally confirming that he understood it, the writers wrote.
The authors also write that Pence called former Vice President Dan Quayle in December to discuss the pressure he was feeling from Trump to block Biden’s victory.
Pence asked Quayle, his Republican colleague from Indiana, if it was possible to step in as chairman of the next joint session of Congress on January 6 to ensure that all of Biden’s required 270 electoral votes do not are not certified, which in turn will reject the selection. . of the next president in the House of Representatives.
While Democrats had a simple majority of House seats, Republicans had the majority of state congressional delegations, which would determine the outcome of the election.
“Mike, you have no flexibility on this,” Quayle said according to the book. “Nothing. Zero. Forget. Tidy up.”
Pence then reportedly said he told Trump about it, but the president believed it could be done, as did other anonymous people.
“You don’t stop it, just stop it,” said Quayle, who chaired the joint session of Congress that ratified Bill Clinton’s election as vice-president in 1993.
The book further reveals that on October 30, four days before election day, Milley called his military counterpart in China, General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, after intelligence revealed that Chinese officials believed that America would attack her country.
The conversation came after Trump repeatedly blamed the Kovid-19 outbreak on China during the campaign.
“General Lee, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and that everything will be fine,” Milley said according to the book. “We are not going to attack you or do kinetic operations.”
Lee replied, “Okay.”
According to the book, Lee said, “I take you at your word.”
The authors reported that Milley did not notify Trump of the phone call.