Senators urge formal probe of Navy commander's firing over virus plea
Don't raise alarms about the coronavirus threat. You can get fired for speaking Truth to Trump & Co, after all!
"A group of prominent Democratic senators formally requested on Friday that the Pentagon's independent Inspector General investigate the Navy's firing of the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who called for stronger measures to halt a coronavirus outbreak on board.
Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his command on Thursday after his scathing letter was leaked to the media.
"Given the extraordinary circumstances under which these events took place, we believe a closer examination by a neutral third party is warranted," the senators wrote, according to a copy of the text seen by Reuters.
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Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland led the push and were joined by 15 other U.S. senators, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris.
Acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told Reuters earlier on Friday that Crozier shared the letter too widely and questioned the commander's judgment. Critics have accused Modly of firing Crozier because the letter embarrassed the Navy.
The backlash to Modly's decision to fire Crozier has been intense.
In videos posted online, sailors on the Theodore Roosevelt applauded Crozier and hailed him as a hero, out to defend his crew - even at great personal cost to his career.
More than 100 personnel from the carrier have tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far, and that number is likely to increase given the close quarters under which they live and operate."
If you are interested, here is more info. on what the captain said in his letter and on Trump's reaction: