Government transparency and accountability watchdog Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the Department of Defense over a phone call between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, plotting to remove then-President Donald Trump’s nuclear capabilities.
The call came sometime in the days after the Jan. 6 uprising at the US Capitol, which Pelosi and House Democrats attempted to pin on Trump, despite their own hostile and provocative rhetoric having played a large role in inciting political violence.
In a Jan. 8 letter to congressional colleagues, Pelosi referenced the call with Milley while suggesting a possible coup to oust Trump as unfit to serve in the final two weeks of his term.
“This morning, I spoke to … Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” she wrote.
“The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” she added.
Still, the fact that such a conversation occurred was, itself, a major red flag, hinting at further legislative overreach and a potential constitutional crisis after House Democrats twice sought to abuse their impeachment authority as a political bludgeon against Trump.
“If Speaker Pelosi’s description of her conversation with General Milley is true, it sets a dangerous precedent that could undermine the president’s role as commander in chief and the separation of powers,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Our new lawsuit aims to uncover truth about the call.”
Even following the mostly peaceful transition of the Trump administration, radical leftists have not ended their crusade to usurp presidential powers.
In particular, they seem paranoid about the possibility of a president-authorized nuclear strike, similar to the scenario that played out in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 dark comedy Dr. Strangelove.
In a letter last month, three-dozen Democrats asked President Joe Biden, 78, to voluntarily relinquish his authority to launch a nuclear attack.
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“While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so,” said the letter.
“The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war,” it continued. “Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.”
The Democrat legislators called on a series of safeguards including authorization by Congress, and specific approval of the House speaker, vice president, Pentagon and a special council of designated elected officials.
However, such measures could considerably undermine America’s defense capabilities and neutralize the strength of a nuclear deterrent in dealing with rogue nations such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.
Amid fears that some Democrat members of Congress—including those on the Intelligence and Homeland Security committees—may have been compromised by China or other foreign powers, such red tape involving the nuclear codes might itself pose a grave national security threat.
Other serious concerns center around the speaker, herself, who is currently third in the line of presidential succession after Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Pelosi, who turns 81 this month, appeared to become increasingly unhinged during the Trump presidency, sometimes slurring her words in public appearances.
It is unclear whether her affliction was a garden-variety case of Trump Derangement Syndrome or signaled a growing dementia.
But during a Zoom meeting with the House Democratic Caucus last week, she raised further alarm about her own state of mental and emotional acuity.