Leaders within the navy condemn “riot and rebellion” within the Capitol and make sure Biden’s victory
U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers a question during a virtual town hall at the Pentagon on May 28, 2020.
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WASHINGTON – In an extraordinary letter to the US military on Tuesday, the nation’s top commanders condemned last week’s “turmoil and insurrection” in the US Capitol while also commending Joe Biden’s election victory.
The message did not mention President Donald Trump by name, but the joint chiefs of staff, led by General Mark Milley of the U.S. Army, made it clear that the military intended to maintain the constitutional transfer of power to the next administration.
“As we have done throughout our history, the US military will obey the law of civil leadership, assist civil authorities in protecting lives and property, maintaining public safety in accordance with the law, and continuing to act fully work for the protection and defense of the EU constitution. ” United States against all enemies at home and abroad, “wrote the nation’s highest military officer.
“As service members, we have to embody the values and ideals of the nation. We support and defend the constitution. Any action that disrupts the constitutional process violates not only our traditions, values and our oath, but also the law,” said the bosses wrote.
The news to the troops comes a week after thousands of President’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, resulting in five deaths, including a Capitol policeman.
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump told reporters that people found his comments sparking the violence at the Capitol as “perfectly appropriate” and described the fallout as “absolutely ridiculous.”
The President also briefly discussed the setback that would result from a possible impeachment.
“To the [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Democratic leader] Chuck Schumer, to continue down this path, I think this poses a tremendous threat to our country and causes tremendous anger, “he said.
On Wednesday the House plans to decide whether Trump should be the first president ever to be charged twice.
The pandemonium delayed the Congressional process to count the votes and confirm Biden’s victory in the November 3 election.
Biden’s victory was projected by all major news agencies in mid-November and confirmed by votes by the electoral college in mid-December. The Republican president has falsely insisted that he won a “landslide” and has baselessly claimed that his re-election was stolen by massive election fraud.
When protesters besieged the Capitol on Wednesday, Trump told supporters in a tweet video: “You have to go home now.” The president stopped condemning the violence and told the mob, “We love you, you are very special.”
US President Donald Trump looks on after presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Celtics basketball legend Bob Cousy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 22, 2019.
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On Monday, Illinois Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth called on incumbent Defense Secretary Chris Miller to investigate whether active or retired service members participated in the deadly mob.
When such individuals are identified by investigators, Duckworth urged Miller “to take appropriate steps to hold individuals accountable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” noting that “the maintenance of good order and discipline requires that the US armed forces exterminate extremists invading the US military and threaten our national security. “
A U.S. Army officer resigned Monday after commanders at Fort Bragg confirmed they were investigating Captain Emily Rainey’s involvement in the uprising.
In a statement Tuesday evening, the army said it was working with the FBI to determine if anyone who participated in last week’s riots had any connection with the army.
“Any type of activity that involves violence, civil disobedience or a violation of the peace can be punished under the Unified Code of Military Justice or federal or state law,” an army spokesman wrote in a statement sent via email.
In a nearly three-minute video released Thursday, the president called for national “healing and reconciliation”.
“For those who have participated in violence and destruction, you are not representing our country. And for those who have broken the law, you will pay,” Trump said in his first address to the nation after the violence, Washington shocked.
“Now we need to cool the minds and restore calm. We have to get on with business in America,” added Trump.
The president also admitted that “a new government will be inaugurated on January 20”.
A day later, he said he would skip the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Vice President Mike Pence said he would attend Biden’s swearing-in ceremony.
Traditionally, incoming and outgoing presidents drive together from the White House to the US Capitol for the inauguration ceremony.
Trump isn’t the first outgoing president to skip his successor’s inauguration. The others, according to the White House Historic Association, were Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson. Like Trump, Johnson was also charged.
The National Guard said Monday that it has authorized up to 15,000 soldiers to assist in the security of the inauguration. Defense officials added that around 9,000 National Guard members attended the inauguration of former President Barack Obama. More than 7,000 soldiers were mobilized for Trump’s ceremony in 2017.