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Vindman: We can’t have Milley ‘acting without any oversight, exceeding his authority’

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Retired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman railed against Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley for “exceeding his authority.” Vindman appeared on CNN Tuesday to suggest that the President replace Milley with someone else entirely. Meanwhile, Vindman himself advocated to impeach then President Trump in early 2019.

“There’s no question about the fact there needed to be a better check on Donald Trump,” Vindman told host Chris Cuomo. “That should have occurred, frankly, on two occasions which the Senate should have held him accountable, following impeachment, removed him from office. That did not happen. That’s the way the system is supposed to work. Ultimately, the American public held the president accountable and removed him from office by voting in a new president.”

However, upon reports that Milley kept military weapons away from Trump, Vindman sounded an alarm. “What we can’t have is we can’t have senior military officer acting without any oversight, exceeding his authorities, without civilian control,” Vindman said. “This is a sacrosanct principle. What happens in a different situation the chairman of the joint chiefs acts in what he believes is his best interests? We find ourselves in a slippery slope.”

Therefore, Vindman went on to call for Milley’s replacement. “Simply put, even if he did this for the right reasons, he did the wrong thing. Now he is toxic,” he said. “What’s clear to me is frankly Chairman Milley is tainted . . . There are better candidates to run the military. Folks that are less polarizing. I don’t think we need one that has so much baggage at the moment.”

This reported oversight comes from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book “Peril.” It will be released September 21st.

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VIDEO: Russia Moving Missiles Towards Finland Border

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Putin has said in recent years that Finland is considered friendly so long as they do not join NATO. Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö confirmed Sunday he has applied for NATO membership.

MetroUK tweeted chilling video and reported the following:

Russia has started moving nuclear-capable missiles towards its border with Finland hours after Moscow vowed not to tolerate Helsinki’s plans to join Nato.

The Kremlin issued a chilling warning that plans for both Finland and Sweden to sign up to the Atlantic alliance were a ‘grave mistake with far reaching consequences’.

Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said: ‘They should have no illusions that we will simply put up with it,’ and insisted ‘the general level of military tension will rise’.

The video was reportedly taken on a road leading to Vyborg, around 24 miles from the Finnish border, showing the deployment of mobile Iskander missiles.

“Seven launchers are thought to be en route according to commentary on a dash cam video broadcast by Russian media.”

A person on the video can be heard saying: ‘As soon as the president of Finland said they were joining Nato, a whole division of Iskanders, seven of them is moving towards Vyborg.

‘Looks like a new military unit is about to be formed in Vyborg or the region.’

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