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Congressman hits Marine commandant’s response in whistleblower case
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“The commandant’s responses, via your approval, did nothing but disappoint, disrespect and offend me,” Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, said in a May 13 letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
Maj. Weirick has filed complaints with the Pentagon inspector general against Gen. Amos. He accused the four-star officer of unlawful command influence in trying to dictate the punishment of nine Marines accused in the 2012 Taliban urination video posted on YouTube.
Gen. Amos fired Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, who was overseeing the cases, after he refused the commandant’s edict to “crush” the men and kick them out of the Corps, Gen. Waldhauser has said. Months later, Gen. Amos denied in an NPR interview that he used the word “crushed.”
After Maj. Weirick sent a sharply worded email to one potential witness, the Corps stripped him of his legal duties, ordered him to turn in his licensed fire arms, and had him undergo a mental health evaluation, which he passed. Gen. Amos‘ civilian legal adviser defended the action by comparing Maj. Weirick to the Washington Navy Yard shooter.
“No. Mr. Hogue has not been reprimanded,” Gen. Amos answered.
He said the matter was under investigation by the inspector general.
According to letters sent to several congressmen, that matter is not specifically being probed. The IG said it is investigating whether Maj. Weirick was the victim of reprisal for communicating his allegations to Congress.
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