Top US military officer reaches out to Capitol Hill leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top military officer, Army Gen. Mark Milley, has spoken privately with congressional leaders and many other lawmakers as Pentagon officials have come under fire for the Defense Department’s role in containing protests following the police killing of George Floyd. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Milley to express her concerns. Milley also reached out to the Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and other members of Congress. That’s according to people granted anonymity to discuss the private conversations. The outreach comes as Milley and Defense Secretary Mark Esper have tried to contain damage in the aftermath of Monday’s walk with Trump.