(USA Features) Former Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser said Tuesday if comments about former President Donald Trump attributed to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley in a new book are true, he should be dismissed immediately because his comments are “seditious.”
“I think he has violated his oath of office,.” retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg told Just The News’ John Solomon. “I think he should go.”
In addition to serving as an infantry commander in war, Kellogg also served several national security .posts during former President Donald Trump’s administration, including chief of staff of the National Security Council.
His comments come amid controversy over comments attributed to Milley, a four-star Army general, in the just-released book, “I Alone Can Fix It,” by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
The authors allege that Milley was concerned about Trump attempting a coup after it appeared he would lose the 2020 election.
“They may try, but they’re not going to f—— succeed,” Milley reportedly told his deputies while discussing the possibility of a coup, according to the book.
“You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns,” he said.
If quoted accurately, Milley’s remarks violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Kellogg noted Jan. 16 on Twitter.
“If true, Mark Milley’s comments are seditious,” he wrote.
Kellogg elaborated on his comment when pressed by Solomon.
“I really believe in civilian control of the military,” Kellogg said. “I think it’s essential.
“I think it’s a bedrock of our Constitution and where we go, and my point was, if true, and what Mark said is true, then I think he violated his oath of office,” Kellogg added.
As Joint Chiefs chairman, Kellogg said Milley has no formal command role and cannot inject himself into the military chain of command, especially when no threat has presented itself.
“There’s a Uniform Code of Military Justice article, Article 94, which is actually mutiny and sedition. And look at that, and I said, you had violated your oath of office,” Kellogg said.
The retired three-star Kellogg lamented the notion that Trump sought to stage a coup.
“I was with the President on sixth January,” Kellogg said.
“I was with the president for 1,461 days. He never did anything that I thought was egregious enough that even came close to supporting what Mark Milley said,” Kellogg insisted.
And because those comments and others that have been attributed to Milley, Kellogg said he ought to leave his post or be dismissed, though President Joe Biden has not indicated he was preparing to let Milley — who was appointed to his post by Trump — go.
Others have called on Milley to resign or be replaced, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
“Your grandfather joined the U.S. military to risk his life fighting the Nazis. Now the head of the US military calls you a Nazi for having your grandfather’s political views. What do you think of that?” Carlson said in response to comments attributed to Milley in which he called the Jan. 6 protest “a Reichstag moment.”
“The question is: why is Mark Milley still in command of the US military? This is not a small question. If what the Washington Post reporters are reporting is true, it’s a question we need to deal with right now,” Carlson concluded.