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Senator Tammy Duckworth is blocking a vote on hundreds of military promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms that he won't retaliate against Alexander Vindman for testifying at Trump's impeachment hearings, @IsaacDovere  reports.

Senator Tammy Duckworth is blocking a vote on hundreds of military promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms that he won't retaliate against Alexander Vindman for testifying at Trump's impeachment hearings, @IsaacDovere  reports.

Senator Tammy Duckworth is blocking a vote on hundreds of military promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms that he won't retaliate against Alexander Vindman for testifying at Trump's impeachment hearings, @IsaacDovere  reports.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she plans to block confirmation of 1,123 (!) senior Armed Forces promotions until Defense Sec Esper confirms in writing that he did not or will not block Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's promotion, amid reports of potential retaliation by Trump.

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Def Secretary Esper was at White House today to discuss US military force posture in Europe, including pulling troops out of Germany, which sources tell me was former Ambassador Rick Grenell's idea after Merkel rebuffed Pres Trump suggestion to host G-7 in person during pandemic.

I hope we get to hear from Pompeo, Esper, and O'Brien regarding this dereliction of duty to defend American soldiers. I hope there is an explanation. I really do. Because otherwise, their willingness to enable Trump on this issue is unforgivable.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper will present President Donald Trump with a series of options Monday to withdraw thousands of US troops from Germany, with many moving to eastern Europe, the Pentagon said

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday sought to reassure allies at NATO that Washington will consult them on any future troop movements, after President Donald Trump surprised the alliance by announcing the withdrawal of thousands of troops from Germany.

NEW: U.S. Defense Secretary Esper sought to reassure allies at NATO that Washington will consult them on any future troop movements, after President Trump surprised them by announcing the withdrawal of thousands of personnel from Germany.

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BREAKING: Together with allies, @ACLU_NCA  is taking Trump, Barr and Esper to court for firing tear gas and other weapons on protesters outside the White House. The use of a chemical weapon was an inhumane violation of the First Amendment. Our government must be held accountable.

NEWS: Trump had strong words for Esper in Oval today after Esper said at his news conference he opposes deploying active duty troops to contain protests, I'm told. Trump later privately asked advisers if they think Esper can still be an effective defense secretary.

President Trump must immediately cease this behavior. Secretary Esper and General Milley should not allow the U.S. Armed Forces to come anywhere near these ugly stunts. This administration is using the military as a tool to intimidate American citizens.

NYT reports that Pompeo, Bolton, Esper met with Trump in late August to plead with him to release military aid. He rebuffed their effort.

Breaking News: Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he didn't see any specific evidence that Iran had planned to attack 4 American embassies, as President Trump had claimed was justification for the strike that sent the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war

NEW: Esper has ordered guardsmen in DC to not carry arms, a decision made without the White House, where Trump wanted them armed. With @jdawsey1  @FenitN :

—Bush/Obama statements —Bush 43 alums create pro-Biden PAC —Esper breaks with Trump —Mattis denounces Trump —two former JCS chairs denounce Trump stunt —polls show Trump w/double digit deficit against Biden, tied in Texas things are changing five months before Election Day

Esper is briefing right now and appears to be about to clean up what he told NBC. Now acknowledges he knew he was going to the church. Two senior admin officials tell me it was audible in front of roughly 15 ppl that Esper said he was walking w Trump to church.

Trump said on Fox that the intelligence showed Iran plotting against four of our embassies. As a member of the Gang of 8, that was news to me. Now, Esper says this was not intelligence, only Trump’s personal belief. That’s no basis to take us to the brink of war.

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