Former Defense Secretary Denies Authorizing Mark Milley Conversations, Calls on Him to Resign

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Former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Wednesday denied authorizing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley to engage in conversations about the prospect of subverting the president, saying the law “prohibited” Milley from doing so.

“The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking military officer whose sole role is providing military-specific advice to the president, and by law is prohibited from exercising executive authority to command forces,” Miller said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “The chain of command runs from the president to the secretary of Defense, not through the chairman.”

Miller’s comments followed assertions earlier in the day from anonymous Pentagon officials quoted in numerous
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