Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark MilleyMark MilleyPoll: New Hampshire Senate race tight Republicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' We've left Afghanistan — but its consequences are just starting to arrive MORE on Tuesday told lawmakers he spoke with several authors for their recent books on the Trump administration, including veteran journalist Bob Woodward for his book “Peril,” which has triggered enormous scrutiny of the four-star general in recent weeks.
In addition to speaking to Woodward for "Peril," which was co-authored by fellow Washington Post journalist Robert Costa, Milley said he also spoke to Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig for their book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” and to Michael Bender for “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”
When asked by Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSenator asks Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify at hearing on kids' safety TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat executives to testify at Senate hearing on kids' safety Buttigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' MORE (R-Tenn.) whether he was “accurately represented” in the books, Milley responded, “I haven’t read any of the books, I don’t know.”
“I’ve seen press reporting of it. I haven’t read the books,” Milley added.
Blackburn then asked Milley to read the books and “let us know if you are accurately presented and portrayed,” to which Milley said he would.
Milley has been heavily scrutinized in the past several weeks after "Peril" revealed several of his actions in the final days of President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE’s time in office, including calls with his Chinese counterpart and his decision to call a meeting of senior military officials to review the procedures for launching deadly weapons.
Earlier in his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Milley stressed that the calls to China were generated by “concerning intelligence” that caused Americans officials to believe the Chinese were worried about an attack on them by the U.S., which he assured them would not happen.
In his most extensive public remarks addressing the revelations, Milley also expanded on a phone call that he received from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Judge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November MORE (D-Calif.) later that same day, during which she asked about Trump’s ability to launch nuclear weapons following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.
“I sought to assure her that nuclear launch is governed by a very specific and deliberate process. She was concerned and made various personal references characterizing the president,” Milley said.