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Top military leaders condemn ‘sedition and insurrection’ at Capitol, acknowledge Biden win

  • The nation's top military commanders condemned Wednesday's acts of "sedition and insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol.
  • The message from the Joint Chiefs of Staff comes nearly one week after thousands of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, resulting in at least five deaths, including that of a Capitol Police officer.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, answers a question during a virtual town hall at the Pentagon, May 28, 2020.Chad J. McNeeley | Department of Defense

WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary letter Tuesday to the U.S. military, the nation's top commanders condemned last week's acts of "sedition and insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol, while acknowledging Joe Biden's election victory.

The message did not mention President Donald Trump by name, but the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led by U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, made it clear that the military intends to stand by the constitutional transfer of power to the next administration.

"As we have done throughout our history, the U.S. military will obey lawful orders from civilian leadership, support civilian authorities to protect lives and property, ensure public safety in accordance with the law, and remain fully committed to protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic," wrote the nation's highest military officers.

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