In Joint Rare Message to Troops, Top US Generals Condemn Capitol Attack

13 Janvier, 2021, 23:01 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • In Extraordinary Move, Joint Chiefs Publicly Affirm That Biden Will Be President

"As we have done throughout our history, the USA military will obey lawful orders from civilian leadership, support civil authorities to protect lives and property, ensure public safety in accordance with the law, and remain fully committed to protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic", the message, sent out on Tuesday to all troops, reads.

Among those are two military veterans, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and a junior-enlisted sailor.

It has already been established that some military veterans participated in the riots at the Capitol, but the extent of any active-duty involvement has not been established.

The Defense Department's top uniformed officials want service members to know that Joe Biden is going to be their next commander in chief, and that any attempt to prevent a peaceful transition of power will have consequences.

The FBI said Tuesday that it had opened more than 160 criminal cases as a result of the Capitol riot, and 70 people had been charged so far. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) asked the Pentagon on Monday to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Capitol Police to determine the extent of participation in the "seditious conspiracy" by current and former service members.

The message harshly condemned last Wednesday's storming of the Capitol building by supporters of President Donald Trump, saying the riot was "a direct assault on the US Congress".

"As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideals of the Nation", the letter said.

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The note comes nearly one week after the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol by a group of Trump supporters seeking to prevent Biden's victory in last year's elections from being ratified.

The silence was in sharp contrast to June, when Milley made a controversial walk to a church with Trump after law enforcement officers backed by National Guard troops used tear-inducing chemicals and rubber bullets to clear the area of peaceful protesters.

"We don't tolerate extremists in our ranks", said spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.

"On January 20, 2021, in accordance with the Constitution, confirmed by the states and the courts, and certified by Congress, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th commander in chief", memo reads.

He said that during his tenure memos from all of the Joint Chiefs were rare and focused on internal policy changes, "nothing remotely similar to what the Chiefs sent out" on Tuesday.

Rainey said she led 100 members of Moore County Citizens for Freedom, which describes itself online as a nonpartisan network promoting conservative values, to Washington to "stand against election fraud" and support Trump.

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