FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, Says General Presidentof the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley should go to jail if the charges he pledged to give to his Chinese advance warnings of a US attack are true.
Jackson told Fox News on Wednesday in an exclusive interview that he would call for an investigation into Milley into the botched withdrawal of the Biden administration troops from Afghanistan and the recent book accusations about the "secret " calls Milley made.
The Texas Republican said he pitched the idea of an investigation into Mil ley since the The general's comments on critical breed theory have made headlines, though he says the need for investigation is now much more urgent.
MILLEY THE SPOKESMAN DEFENDS CALLS WITH CHINA LIKE 'VITAL ' TO 'AVOID UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OR CONFLICTS '
"We need him to get down to business and be responsible, "Jackson said of Milley. " They have to admit they made mistakes and therefore he should do what he would expect any other serviceman under his control to do, it is to step down and hand it over to someone else and let someone else have the leadership reins. "
" It 's was before, "Jackson continued, saying that the" recent story of Milley speaking to key people in the Chinese military and giving them insight into what's going on in the White House, "as well than telling his Chinese counterpart that he "would give them a warning and talk to them " if the United States planned to enter thn war with China.
Jackson said the allegations went "beyond resignation ", adding that he believed Milley should "resign immediately " and that it should be a "congressional investigation " into what happened.
"And if that is true, he must be held accountable. And when I say" responsible, "I not talking about just resigning or resigning, "the Texas congressman said." I am talking about going to jail if this is true. I mean, it is treason. These are crimes serious. "
The congressman said he could not " understand "how a member of the United States military could " undermine the commander-in-chief "and put the country "in danger by telling the Chinese… that we will let them know what is going on in the White House.
"If it happens we need to know it and it needs to be put in prison, "Jackson added.
A former senior official in the Ministry of DefianceTrump-era nse told Fox News on Wednesday that the calls were no secret and were led by civilians at the behest of former Defender Se Secretary of State Mark Esper to chill the Chinese intelligence information that the United States was preparing for an attack.
The former official also noted that senior Pentagon officials often hold discussions with their counterparts in China and Russia to mitigate the possibility of misunderstandings and misunderstandings which could lead to war.
"This was a phone call directed by civilians at the behest of Esper " said one another former senior US official, adding that civilians in the Pentagon were being kept abreast of the situation.
Jackson reiterated that the consequences of Milley's alleged actions would only diminish "if this is true " and that he and the GOP are looking to take a measured approach to what happened.
"Idon't know if it's true or not, it's reported in a book, "Jackson his id. " The things that come out of the book are of great concern. "
" If Milley tells his Chinese Army counterpart that he will warn them if we plan to go to war with them, that is not acceptable on any front, "the congressman continued. " I mean, it 's not a matter of comfort, it ' s incredibly inappropriate and not in the best interest of this country. "
" If it were others more benign conversations that were just trying to maintain relationships and make sure nothing goes wrong, it's a different situation, "he said, adding that the nation needed the" truth ". "on what happened on the phone calls.
Jackson als o reiterated that the allegations, if true, are " betrayal "and said there was "many reasons " why Milley shouldn't stay at home anymoreste.
Milley came under heavy fire this week after a new book claimed he promised to warn his Chinese counterpart of any looming war during the Trump administration.
A senior Defense Ministry official rejected the report and told reporters on Wednesday that Milley's message to his Chinese counterpart was in line with the Defense Secretary's message.
"Milley was relative telltale no go rogue. Esper took the lead on this in October, Esper asked his own officials for the policy of channeling the message, "the official said. "Milley's post followed that of Esper.
Jennifer of Fox News Griffin contributed to the reporting.
Houston keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.