(USA Features) Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back on Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley’s earlier claims that he informed the former Trump administration official that he had told his Chinese counterpart he would alert the Chinese of any impending attack as Biden’s inauguration approached.
“Pompeo’s comments to ‘The Megyn Kelly Show’ on SiriusXM satellite radio on Wednesday directly rebutted Milley’s testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, in which he defended reports in the book ‘Peril’ about the final days of the Trump administration,” Newsmax reported Wednesday.
“The book claimed that Milley called his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, on Jan. 8 and — attempting to ease that country’s concern about a possible military strike — told him he would notify him of any impending action,” the news network continued.
Milley has testified that he told Pompeo, as well as then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, that they were both aware of the call.
“If he in fact said, ‘We will not attack you until we warn you,’ that’s just nutty, right?” Pompeo said.
“That’s just … it’s certain that he did not tell Chief Meadows or I that because — I don’t know if he told us, he thinks he told us, on the same phone call, but I can promise you that Chief Meadows would have called me immediately and said, ‘Hey, we got a real problem here,” Pompeo continued.
“And if I had of heard it, I would’ve gone high and right. I’d be very surprised if that’s precisely how Gen. Milley told the Chinese that. I worked with Gen. Milley enough,” Pompeo, a former U.S. congressman from Kansas and a CIA director, added.
“But if he told [authors Bob] Woodward and [Robert] Costa that he said that, this is something he has to account for. That would be deeply inconsistent with his responsibilities.”
Pompeo went on to deny that as CIA director, he plotted to kidnap or assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2017 when he and President Donald Trump took office.
“Did we ever engage in activity that was inconsistent with U.S. law? You know the rules here. You know precisely how the CIA operates, in the sense of we’re not permitted by U.S. law to conduct assassinations,” he told Newsmax TV.
“We never acted in a way that was inconsistent with that, nor did we ever circumvent — there’s some suggestion in this article that we circumvented the lawyers to conduct these kinds of rogue campaigns,” he added.