The confirmatory court hearing of the controversial Pentagon candidate Anthony Tata was canceled on Thursday just before his plan because it became clear that he might not have votes to present him through the committee.
In a statement, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jim Inhofe, R-Okla, said: “There are many Democrats and Republicans who did not know enough about Anthony Tata to consider him a very significant position at the moment.”
“We did not receive the necessary documentation in time; some of the documents we normally receive before the court hearing did not arrive until yesterday,”; he continued. “As I told the president last night, with the August break approaching, we’re just wasting time, so listening wouldn’t be helpful at the moment, and he agreed.”
The report came after RND senior Kevin Cramer said he objected to Tata’s candidacy for secretary of defense policy unless the Pentagon changed its position to add the names of sailors killed by the USS Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War. to a war memorial in Washington
“If the department does not make significant changes to its policy, I plan to reject Tata’s candidacy,” Cramer said in a statement released last week.
With 14 Republicans and 13 Democrats on the committee, Cramer’s position shows a balance to keep Tata from joining the commission.
Democrats, meanwhile, opposed Tat for very different reasons. The retired Army Brigadier General Tata named former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader” on Twitter in 2018. He also said Iran’s nuclear deal was due to Obama’s “Islamic roots” and was an attempt to “help the Iranians and the larger Islamic state to crush Israel.”
“It simply came to our notice then. It is fair to say that members on both sides of the passage have raised serious questions about this candidate, “said Jack Reed, the committee’s chief Democrat.” We had the door closed on Tuesday and today’s public hearing has now been canceled. President Inhofe has done the right thing here, and obviously that this nomination is nowhere to be found without a thorough, honest and open hearing. “
The White House continues to support Tata, who was a brief commentator on Fox News.
Garrett Haake contributed.