General Mattis Pulled from House Appearance
The Donald Trump transition team has pulled General Mattis from an appearance before the House Armed Services Committee. His appearance at the Senate committee is for his confirmation, while the House appearance was regarding his waiver of time since separation from service. The transition team says it is for preparation before the Senate hearing.
As Written By Jaqueline Klimas for the Washington Examiner:
The Trump transition team is blocking retired Gen. James Mattis from testifying at the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday about his need for a waiver to serve as the defense secretary, according to a top Democrat.
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters on Wednesday that the two leaders of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., are upset that the transition team is not allowing the former four-star to appear before the committee.
“Both have asked Gen. Mattis to testify, to testify before this piece of legislation came up. It is my understanding from Mr. Smith that the transition team has instructed Mr. Mattis not to testify. It is my understanding that Mr. Thornberry is not happy about that, I know Mr. Smith is not,” Hoyer said.
A congressional aide said the general agreed to testify before the House committee, but then “the transition …..
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