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Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of his command April 2 by former acting @USNavy  modly'>Secretary Thomas Modly after a letter the captain wrote detailing his concerns about coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt was leaked to the media.

Modly’s bad decision-making underscores the importance of sound civilian leadership at the Department. The Navy and DoD will continue to grapple with challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic for months to come. Civilian leadership at the DoD must be held accountable.

E) Smith: Modly’s incredibly poor decision to relieve Captain Crozier because of an email was only made worse by his equally poor decision to visit the ship and berate the commander after he left. Modly’s bad decision-making underscores the importance of sound civilian leadership

The investigation was launched at Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday's request after he reviewed the results of a preliminary inquiry into the outbreak prompted by then-acting Navy Secretary ThomasModly’s removal of the ship’s commander in April.

@NPR  After Capt. Brett Crozier's emotional letter pleading for a more decisive response to his ship's COVID-19 outbreak leaked on March 31, he was removed as the ship's skipper on April 2 by then-acting modly'>Navy Secretary Thomas Modly.

Armed Svcs Cmte Chair Smith: Modly's subsequent decision to board the..Roosevelt & deliver a petty, obscenity-laced speech attacking Capt Crozier while the crew of the Roosevelt dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak should seriously call into question Modly's decision making ability

modly'>Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said he relieved Crozier of duty because the Captain did not use the proper chain of command

@USNavy  Capt. Brett Crozier was abruptly removed from the USS Theodore Roosevelt earlier this month by acting modly'>Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who resigned days later: #N13COVID19 

Like Brian Kemp, @paulwaldman1  writes modly'>Thomas Modly probably found himself asking, “Wait, what did I do wrong? Isn’t this what you wanted?”

Today in The #DBrief : • America’s testing problem • Feds fighting hospitals for PPE • Inside Modly’s wild last week • Russia’s robo-disinfector; And a bit more.

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Wow. Acting Navy Secretary ThomasModly has submitted his resignation a day after a leaked audio showed him calling the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" in an address to the ship's crew.

Modly should be removed unceremoniously for these shocking remarks—especially after failing to protect sailors’ safety & health. He has betrayed their trust. DoD IG must immediately launch an investigation.

"A defense official familiar with Modly's remarks offered his opinion of Modly's address, saying the acting secretary 'should be fired. I don't know how he survives this day'."

NEW TONIGHT: ThomasModly's trip to Guam didn't just cost him his job. It cost taxpayers more than $243,000, the Navy estimates. The executive jet that Modly traveled in costs about $6,946.19 per flight hour, Navy says. Round-trip flight: Some 35 hours.

Modly calls @IgnatiusPost ⁩ at 1 am to explain why he fired Capt. Crozier, saying he wanted to act before Trump did, knowing that his predecessor was fired for getting "crossways with the president. I didn't want that to happen again."

Captain Crozier spoke up to protect his crew Acting Navy SecretaryModly’s words and actions were insulting to those under his responsibility—It’s good he resigned We will continue to fight the Trump admin’s ongoing attacks on those who speak the truth

Scoop: Acting Navy Secretary ThomasModly has submitted his resignation a day after a leaked audio showed him calling ousted commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" in address to ship's crew, a US official and a former senior military official tell me.

We’re demanding an Inspector General Investigation because the ongoing Pentagon inquiry is a whitewash—framed to justify Modly’s decision. He should have waited for the facts before firing Crozier. He & Esper must be the ones held accountable.

In a sign of losing the plot, a Navy official said Modly’s remarks — that he delivered to 4800ish people, who cheered Crozier as he departed the ship — “were intended to be private, between the secretary and each member of the crew.”

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