Jan. 6 panel transcripts confirm that Milley agreed with Pelosi’s assessment that Trump was “insane.”
Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified last year that he agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that former President Donald Trump was “insane” while promising that the country’s nuclear laws are safe during his tenure, according to transcripts of his testimony before lawmakers last year.
The transcript is part of a bulk database of evidence released Sunday by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. The documents include detailed accounts of witness interviews, emails between Trump attorneys and text messages from White House staffers as the former president’s term ended.
The revelation that Milley agreed Trump was “insane” was first made public in September in a book about his administration published by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. However, the transcripts offer more detail about Milley’s thinking as chairman of the Joint Chiefs under Trump.
Pressed by the House Special Committee on Pelosi’s concerns about Trump’s access to the country’s nuclear weapons, Milley said he had assured the speaker that such codes were secure.
“It’s a very rigorous system,” Milley told the panel, adding that he said something similar when speaking to Pelosi, “to reassure her that our nuclear systems and our strategic systems are very safe.” [it] It is exceedingly unlikely that you will have an accidental, illegal, or immoral launch of nuclear weapons.”
The panel further confirmed that Pelosi said, “You know he’s crazy, don’t you,” and that Milley agreed with that assessment.
“That’s right,” Milley replied to investigators.
An extraordinary moment in American history. A House Speaker is asking the Joint Chiefs chair if the nuclear codes are safe, fearing the President is insane and will make a potentially deadly decision to stay in power.
From Milley’s statement regarding: Call dated January 8, 2021. pic.twitter.com/Md0tKacysI
— Robert Costa (@costareports) January 2, 2023
Costa, who first released details of Milley’s testimony, said the transcript reflected an “extraordinary moment in American history.”
“A House Speaker is asking the Joint Chiefs Chair if the nuclear codes are safe, fearing the President is insane and may make a deadly decision to stay in power,” he wrote Monday. “Much of Pelosi’s legacy understandably focuses on legislation. But her deep concerns about Trump in recent days and the steps she took, from urgently calling Milley to urging Pence to invoke the 25th [Amendment], then moving to impeachment is also an important part of that. She saw a compromised system.”