The confirmation hearing for a controversial Pentagon candidate Anthony Tata was canceled on Thursday shortly before it was scheduled to begin as it became clear that he may not have the votes to pass him on to the committee.
In a statement, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Said, “There are a lot of Democrats and Republicans who didn’t know enough about Anthony Tata to consider him for a very significant position in this -time. “
“We did not receive the necessary documentation on time; some documents, which we normally do before a hearing, did not arrive until yesterday,”; he continued. “As I told the president last night, we just didn’t run out of time with the inscription next August, so it serves no useful purpose to have a hearing at this point, and it’s before . “
The news came after Senator Kevin Cramer, RN.D., said he was opposing Tata’s nomination for undersecretary of defense for politics until the Pentagon changes its position when it increases the names of sailors killed in the USS Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War for the war memorial in Washington, DC
“If the department does not make significant changes to its policy, I plan to oppose Tata’s nomination,” Cramer said in a statement last week.
With 14 Republicans and 13 Democrats on the committee, Cramer’s position advises the balance against Tata ahead of the board.
Meanwhile, Democrats opposed Tata for very different reasons. A retired Army brigadier general, Tata in 2018 called former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader” on Twitter. He also said the Iranian nuclear deal came about because of Obama’s “Islamic roots” and was an attempt “to help the Iranians and the largest Islamic State crush Israel.”
“We are a bipartisan committee. It is fair to say that members on both sides of the aisle have raised serious questions about this nominee,” said Senator Jack Reed, the Democrat’s ranking on the committee. “We had a closed session. of doors closed on Tuesday and today’s public hearing has now been canceled .. Chairman Inhofe has done his best here, and it is clear that this nomination is not going anywhere without a full, fair hearing. and open. “
The White House remains supportive of Tata, who was a pro-Trump commentator on Fox News.
Garrett Haake contributed.