KEY POINTS

  • Pelosi reportedly said Trump was “crazy” and a “dictator”
  • Milley reportedly agreed with Pelosi “on everything”
  • Milley called his Chinese counterpart to give reassurance about the U.S. not intending to start a military confrontation: Book

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told top Army Gen. Mark Milley that former President Donald Trump “should have been arrested on the spot” for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot early this year that resulted in the deaths of five people, a new book has revealed.

“Peril,” a new book by Washington Post’s veteran journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, states that Pelosi, during a phone call in January with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Trump was a “dictator” and that “the Republicans have blood on their hands” for enabling the former president’s “delusions” about his ability to retain the presidency.

“And he’s still sitting there. He should have been arrested. He should have been arrested on the spot,” said Pelosi, according to the book.

In the phone call that took place on Jan. 8, Pelosi also said “it is a sad state of affairs for our country that we’ve been taken over by a dictator who used force against another branch of government,” according to the book.

Citing a transcript of the call, the Washington Post reported that the House Speaker referred to Trump as “crazy,” to which the general replied: “I agree with you on everything.”

The book further detailed how Milley wanted to prevent the then-president from potentially starting a nuclear war during his last days in office, CNBC reported.

According to the book which the International Business Times has not seen yet, Milley feared that Trump may stage a “Reichstag moment” after the insurrection at the Capitol, which is a reference to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s burning of Germany’s Parliament building in 1933.

The book also revealed that Milley was very concerned about Trump possibly inciting a military war with China. It said that Milley called his Chinese counterpart Gen. Li Zuocheng to give reassurance about the U.S. not intending to start a military confrontation, Business Insider reported.

Milley reportedly went on to call Li again through a secret back-channel two months later over concerns that Trump was mentally unstable.

Over the past few months, Milley has expressed his interest in finding out the motivation behind the Capitol riot, while Pelosi, in July, spearheaded the establishment of a panel that would investigate the deadly attack. Pelosi barred two Republicans from joining the committee, which is now made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans.

The book also mentions how President Joe Biden pressured Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in an expletive-laden phone call to support the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package that was passed in March.

In an excerpt from the book, as revealed by the Washington Post, Biden said: “If you don’t come along, you’re really f---ing me.”

The hardcover version of “Peril” will be released on Sept. 21, while the Kindle version is available for purchase on Amazon.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to send the Senate one article of impeachment blaming Trump for inciting the chaotic Capitol invasion of January 6 Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to send the Senate one article of impeachment blaming Trump for inciting the chaotic Capitol invasion of January 6 Photo: AFP / Mandel NGAN