Dem Senator Calls on Mattis to Answer Questions on ‘Alarming Contents’ of Resignation Letter Before Congress

On Thursday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth called on Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to answer questions on the “alarming contents” of his resignation letter in front of Congress.

“Secretary Mattis should testify before Congress and answer questions about the alarming contents of his resignation letter,” Duckworth wrote.

Then in a follow-up, she tweeted: “Congress should use its power to check this President, defend our alliances and hold our adversaries accountable when Donald Trump refuses to.”

Duckworth’s tweets come on the same day as Mattis’ scathing letter of resignation was leaked.

In it, Mattis wrote this:

“One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies.”

The Defense Secretary also wrote this about his departure: “Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.”

Just prior to the letter being made public, Trump tweeted out that Mattis was retiring.


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