Concerned that Trump would try to use the military to overthrow President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in recent weeks, Milley has reiterated that the troops would play no role in determining the election result.
In the memo, the Joint Chiefs confirmed Biden’s victory and stated that on January 20, he would be inaugurated “according to the constitution” and become Commander in Chief.
Officials last week also condemned the violence in the Capitol, calling it a “direct attack” not only on Congress but also on the American constitutional process.
“We have seen actions in the Capitol that were incompatible with the rule of law,” they wrote. “The right to freedom of expression and assembly does not give anyone the right to resort to violence, riot and insurrection.”
Legislators have asked the military to investigate and prosecute all active military personnel involved in the attack.
The Pentagon has approved the deployment of up to 15,000 National Guardsmen to aid pre-inauguration law enforcement as intelligence agencies report new threats from further attacks.
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) Said Sunday that he is calling on Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy to screen the members of the service who are likely to be involved in the housewarming security to make sure they are “not sympathizing with local terrorists” .