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House Armed Services Republicans Demand Lloyd Austin Respond to Formal Inquiry Launch

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All Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee demanded Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin respond to his recent hospitalization and absence from duty.

Austin’s hospitalization and lack of disclosure raised concerns, especially as his responsibilities were reportedly transferred to the deputy secretary without her knowledge.

The House Armed Services Committee has launched an inquiry into the matter, questioning the lack of transparency and the handling of Austin’s absence. (Trending: Trump Defies Court And Delivers Closing Argument At Civil Fraud Trial)

“Congress, the public, and even the Biden Administration deserve clear answers about who made the decisions that led to Deputy Secretary Hicks not understanding that she was actually acting as the Secretary of Defense and the White House being unaware of the same,” House Republicans wrote.

“With conflicts around the world, it is preposterous that you and others in the Department allowed this to occur. This level of confusion surrounding not only your whereabouts, but your capacity to lead the Department has shaken what little confidence existed in any previous commitment to transparency.”

“You failed to ensure a smooth transition from your day-to-day management and leadership of the Department by failing to initiate an obvious and immediate transfer of authority to your deputy and disclosure to relevant officials,” they added.

“My colleagues and I have grave concerns about the handling of your absence and hospitalization. It is unacceptable that neither the Department of Defense (‘Department’), the White House, nor the Congress were accurately informed of your position or capacity. With wars in Ukraine and Israel, the idea that the White House and even your own Deputy did not understand the nature of your condition is patently unacceptable,” committee Chairman Mike Rogers wrote.

“It is disconcerting that you were acting in his capacity as Secretary of Defense without fully understanding his condition,” Rogers said.

Republicans emphasized the need for clear answers and immediate responses from Austin and other officials involved.

“The Committee has transmitted inquiries to yourself, Deputy Secretary Hicks, and Ms. Magsamen regarding your unannounced disappearance and absence from your duties as Secretary of Defense. It is imperative you and other recipients respond as soon as possible,” the Republicans wrote.

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