Defense Secretary Reportedly Asks Navy Secretary to Resign Over Handling of Eddie Gallagher Case
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has reportedly asked Navy Secretary Richard Spencer to resign over his handling of the controversial case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.
BREAKING: Pentagon chief asks for resignation of Navy secretary in connection with SEAL controversy.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 24, 2019
Gallagher was accused of war crimes, but was acquitted of a murder charge earlier this year and President Donald Trump moved to override his punishment for a lesser conviction and re-instated his rank. According to The Washington Post, Esper said Spencer circumvented him to speak directly with the White House to find a resolution to Gallagher’s current disciplinary proceedings.
“Unfortunately, as a result I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position,” the Pentagon chief said. “I wish Richard well.”
A spokesperson for Spencer did not respond to a request for comment from the Washington Post.
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