GOP Lawmaker Confronts Gen. Milley on China Call

A Republican lawmaker confronted Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley for his controversial call to his Chinese counterpart.

Milley’s two phone calls with Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army both right before the 2020 presidential election and after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have been a frequent topic during his testimony on Capitol Hill .

Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican, questioned Milley about the calls and who was read in on them during his allotted time in the House Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, were testifying alongside Milley.

“You claim that you had information, and it is all over that China was worried about an imminent attack,” he said, going on to list various former administration officials who allegedly weren’t told of the conversations, though Milley rebutted some of those names. “You report that after you took upon yourself to have this phone conversation, that you told them the conversation occurred.”

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