"Go to jail. Follow the law. I was right there as it began. It was probably two dozen people in black shirts chanting about Communist revolution, some psychobabble nonsense. They pull out the flag, try to light it, spill some lighter fluid. He lit the flag and his own leg on fire," Mr. Hegseth told the website on Thursday.
"Secretary [Bob] McDonald bears responsibility not only for the culture in which this corruption was allowed to fester, but also for the failure to hold those involved accountable for this shameful abuse of veterans," Mr. Hegseth said. "If he will not fire employees who knowingly violate federal rules, misuse tax dollars and show the utmost contempt for veterans and their needs, he should follow Ms. Rubens and Ms. Graves out the door."