Senators urge formal probe of Navy commander's firing over virus plea

dublinbay z6 (KS)

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:

"Trump says the fired Navy commander's letter pleading for help for his coronavirus-stricken ship 'looked terrible' and was 'not appropriate'


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Tilly Teabag

Damned if the captain did, damned if he didn’t.

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Karen S. (7b, NYC)(NYC, zone 6)

Truly sick, that these imbeciles care more how it looks than the fact he was putting his crew's safety first, which he's supposed to do.

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He’s tested positive.

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Wow, that's a shame. Praying he recovers quickly!

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I don't understand how either he or his ship were ready for combat. Wouldn't they have been more of a hindrance?

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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

Here's your answer: Trump said the commander's letter "looked terrible". That is the kiss of death for a leader who values appearance over anything else. People's lives have NEVER mattered to Trump. Having said that, the Navy has a record of punishing the more expendable (i.e. lower than the top brass) when there is a danger of the Navy being made to look bad.

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And, yet, Gallagher? And the presidential medal of freedom forever disgraced and cheapened by limbaugh? You can't make this up.

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Acting Navy Secretary Modly announced to the crew that Crozier was either stupid or naive to write to 12 people thinking it wouldn’t leak. He said it has caused a controversy in DC.

When asked if Modly's personal attack on Crozier was appropriate, a senior defense official said Monday, "I don't know what to say."

Modly's use of the word "betrayal" is a loaded because saying an officer has betrayed the Navy is a court martial offense.

A defense official familiar with Modly's remarks offered his opinion of Modly's address, saying the acting secretary "should be fired. I don't know how he survives this day."

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