Joint Chiefs Remind U.S. Forces That They Defend The Constitution

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Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol Wednesday Jan. 6 2021 in Washington

The message suggests that the country's top generals feel the need to remind the troops to "embody the values and ideals of the Nation".

The "violent riot", the Joint Chiefs statement said, "was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building and our Constitutional process". "The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection", according to the one-page undated memorandum.

It noted that on January 20, Biden "will be inaugurated and become our 46th Commander in Chief".

The silence was in sharp contrast to June, when Milley made a controversial walk to a church with Trump after law enforcement officers backed by National Guard troops used tear-inducing chemicals and rubber bullets to clear the area of peaceful protesters Some service members have privately expressed concern that senior leaders did not provide direction in the aftermath of the attack on American democracy on Wednesday. We support and defend the Constitution. The attack and its aftermath left five people dead and occurred as Congress met in joint session to formalize the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

In 2018, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, in his final message to the armed forces after he resigned in protest over deep policy disagreements with Trump over the country's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliances and the president announcing he was withdrawing troops from Syria, said, "I am confident that each of you remains undistracted from our sworn mission to support and defend the Constitution".

The Pentagon is seeking to determine how many troops may have taken part in the riot, which took place after President Donald Trump whipped up the crowd.

The mob that stormed the Capitol contained at least one active-duty member of the military, as well as multiple veterans.

Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, on Monday wrote to the Defense Department requesting that its criminal investigative organizations cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Capitol Police in investigating whether current and retired members of the armed forces were part of a "seditious conspiracy" against the government.

"We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law", the message reads.

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Tuesday's memo from the military's top leaders comes amid fears of renewed violence on Inauguration Day.

Underscoring the point, the Joint Chiefs said that, 'in accordance with the Constitution, ' Biden would be inaugurated on January 20th 'and will become our 46th commander in chief'.

A member of the military stands guard outside an office on Capitol Hill.

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