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Defense secretary fires Navy chief over SEAL war crimes case

Defense secretary fires Navy chief over SEAL war crimes case

by JOHN BOWDEN -The Hill  |  Published on November 25, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday asked for the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer over his handling of a controversial war crimes case.

Esper told The Washington Post in a statement Sunday that he was “deeply troubled” by reports that Spencer had reached out to White House officials promising that an accused Navy SEAL would be allowed to retire as a SEAL despite his conviction for posing with the corpse of a slain enemy combatant.

“Unfortunately, as a result I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position,” Esper told the newspaper, adding, “I wish Richard well.”

Spencer submitted his resignation later on Sunday, and said in a lengthy letter that he and President Trump Giuliani associate prepared to testify Nunes aides scrapped Ukraine trip to avoid alerting Schiff Democrats pledge sharp turn in US ties with Saudi Arabia Schumer praises former Navy chief after ouster disagreed on the nature of the rule of law.

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