EXCLUSIVE: A former assistant secretary of the Army beneath President Trump has accused extreme military officers Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. James McConville of partaking in a “pattern of behavior” that overstepped their authority and undermined potential instructions from Trump.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, E. Casey Wardynski, a former assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs beneath the Trump administration, accused high-ranking military officers Milley and McConville of making statements that insinuated they have been calling the pictures.

“These kind of behaviors and this willingness for military leaders to exceed their authorities and ignore authorities of the civilian officials appointed over them … positions under the Constitution and laws of the country was not something that came to them on Jan. 8,” Wardynski mentioned. “It was something that they had done for a while.”

According to Wardynski, there have been “stunning” circumstances whereby he noticed, firsthand, high-ranking military officers exceed their authority.


“It was in and around the riots in D.C.,” Wardynski mentioned. “Gen. Milley, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – first thing to know, is he is a staff officer, he is an adviser, he’s not a commander – he ordered elements of the 82nd Airborne and the 10th Mountain Division to fly overnight to D.C. to Fort Belvoir and Andrews without consulting the Army chain of command and reaching around the chain of command to do that. I know that for a fact.”

New revelations in a e-book by Washington Post affiliate editor Bob Woodward and nationwide political reporter Robert Costa declare Milley made two telephone calls to Chinese officers in concern that Trump would create battle with the nation, telling the officers that he would forewarn about an assault deliberate by the U.S. on China. The e-book claims that Milley contacted his Chinese counterpart after he had reviewed intelligence that instructed Chinese officers believed the United States was planning an assault on China amid military workouts contained in the South China Sea. 

Trump has mentioned the conduct, if true, amounted to “treason.” Milley has defended the contacts with China as “routine.”

Wardynski went on to ingredient two separate events when McConville instructed him that he “would not be obeying any illegal orders from the president” amid a amount of violent riots all by the nation throughout the summertime of 2020, significantly in D.C.

“That’s not something in 30 years of service in that uniform I thought I’d ever hear,” Wardynski mentioned. “My interpretation of that was he was talking about any use of the Insurrection Act by the president.”


The Insurrection Act of 1807 permits a president to deploy U.S. militarized forces and National Guard troops should there be excessive civil disobedience or an riot.

“There was a lot of talk about governors and mayors not enforcing the law,” he added, offering context to the character of ongoing occasions in the meanwhile. “A lot of Secret Service agents were hurt at the White House, a lot of national guardsmen were hurt at the White House, at one point it was reported that they evacuated the president to the emergency operations center, and of course Milley ordered these two units flown to D.C.”

Later that yr, spherical October of 2020, McConville instructed Wardynski as rapidly as further that he would “not obey illegal orders from the president,” prompting Wardynski to name his lawyer, the number-three lawyer for the Army on the time, consequently of the election neared, in response to Wardynski.

In the telephone determine, Wardynski mentioned he expressed concern over potential “unrest around the election,” warning the lawyer about military leaders contained in the Army who could “refuse to obey an order from the president if he directs the Army to implement the Insurrection Act.”

Wardynski furthermore acknowledged that McConville, who served as Milley’s deputy all by his time as chief of workers of the Army, seemingly “expected the cadets to demonstrate against the president” by the 2020 West Point commencement.

“He told me that if they did, he would not be a ‘prop’ for the president,” Wardynski mentioned, along with that McConville’s remark referred to Trump’s stroll to historic St. John’s Church with administration members and military officers, a change Milley, who accompanied Trump, mentioned he considers a “mistake.”

Regarding Milley, Wardynski mentioned he was a “bully” in conferences and insisted he would typically overstep his authority to deal with the agenda, claiming that he and others, for a while, had no “intention of supporting” Trump.


“My impression is, for some time, these people had no intention of supporting the president,” Wardynski well-known. “Milley, in staff meetings, was routinely a bully. He would sit at the head of the table with the secretary, the secretary would say we’re going to do the following, and Milley would look at the gathered staff and tell them, ‘Let me tell you what the secretary just said’ and it was pretty much something different.”

Wardynski furthermore well-known that Milley, who he was spherical a amount of occasions for conferences, went into his portfolio on a amount of events with out prior approval.

“He reached into my portfolio at least three times without my authority and then came to me for sort of forgiveness afterwards, which he did not get,” Wardynski mentioned of Milley, whom he described as a “manipulator.”

The Woodward-Costa e-book furthermore detailed a telephone determine dialog Milley had with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following the occasions on Jan. 6 on the U.S. Capitol. According to a transcript obtained by authors, Milley vowed to Pelosi that “the nuclear triggers are secure” amid Trump’s exit from the White House.

According to the e-book, Milley “summoned senior officers to review the procedures for launching nuclear weapons, saying the president alone could give the order — but, crucially, that he, Milley, also had to be involved.”

Wardynski mentioned Milley’s “business with the nuclear weapons and the nuclear command and control is part of a pattern of behavior.”

“I believe it reached, at least, across the top of the Army in military leadership,” Wardynski mentioned, arguing that high-ranking officers, in his view, have solely been “promoting themselves.”

Based on what he has skilled firsthand with Gens. Milley and McConville, Wardynski instructed Fox News that he believes each should resign.

Following his affirmation by the Senate, Wardynski, who served for 30 years contained in the U.S. Army and is a retired colonel, was answerable for Army personnel safety and supervision of the Army’s 1.3-million-person manpower program beneath Trump. Wardynski left his publish when President Biden was inaugurated.

Wardynski announced earlier this yr that he’s working for U.S. Congress to counsel north Alabama. 

“One of the major reasons I am running for Congress is due to these types of behaviors,” Wardynski instructed Fox News. “We need to assert civilian control.”

Former performing Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who led the Pentagon from the interval after the 2020 election by method of Inauguration Day, mentioned he “did not and would not ever authorize” Milley to have “secret” calls collectively collectively together with his Chinese counterpart, describing the allegations as a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination” and calling on him to resign “immediately.”

Fox News reached out to Milley and McConville for remark however didn’t get maintain of a response.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this textual content material.