"The President Threw Us Under the Bus": Embedding With Pentagon Leadership in Trump's Chaotic Last Week - 2021-01-22
As the dust from the insurrection was still settling and as talk of impeachment gained momentum, I tagged along with Miller and his team as they went about their last days in office (Tuesday, January 12, to Tuesday, January 19). In addition, it was agreed that virtually everything would be on the record and on tape: Miller, Cohen, and Patel wore lapel microphones during our conversations.
"When we came in here, they literally expected Ezra and Kash to have blood dripping from their mouths because they just, like, ripped the throat out of a baby," Miller told me as we sat in the living room of his well-appointed Virginia home. "Then all of a sudden, they're like, 'Jeez, they're actually willing to take on the machine.'"
Chris Miller—55, with a shock of white hair—neither acts nor speaks like a prototypical cabinet member. First off, he had commanded an airborne Special Forces battalion and fought in some of the earliest combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Three current officials I consulted, who asked for anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, confirmed that Miller had also served with Task Force Orange, a military intelligence unit so secret that its name is rarely uttered.)