Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat on the Armed Providers Committee, requested the appearing secretary of protection, Christopher C. Miller, this week for the navy’s numerous legislation enforcement businesses to cooperate with the F.B.I. in investigating whether or not present or former service members have been concerned within the lethal mob.
Ms. Duckworth, an Iraq Warfare veteran, mentioned that retired members of the American armed forces remained topic to the Uniform Code of Navy Justice.
The occasions final week didn’t seem to speed up the momentum on Tuesday for Mr. Biden’s push to shortly verify his decide for secretary of protection, Lloyd J. Austin III, as his group had hoped could be the case. Normal Austin, a retired four-star Military common, will want a waiver from Congress to serve within the function, as is required for any Pentagon chief who has been retired from active-duty navy service for fewer than seven years. (The overall, who could be the nation’s first Black protection secretary, retired in 2016.)
At a listening to on the topic at a Senate Armed Providers Committee on Tuesday, the vast majority of lawmakers from each events forged doubt on the method, arguing that the exception that was made 4 years in the past for President Trump’s first protection secretary, Jim Mattis, a retired four-star Marine officer, was one time too many.
“This can be a very deep and troublesome situation,” mentioned Senator Angus King, impartial of Maine. “Normal Austin is effectively certified,” Mr. King mentioned, “however however, the entire concept of civilian management of the navy is a basic a part of who have been are.”
The memo from the Joint Chiefs, nevertheless, left little question as to the navy management’s help for civilian management. It urged troops to reject extremism, and condemned the efforts by Mr. Trump’s backers to upend the Electoral School depend in final week’s mayhem.
“The violent riot in Washington, D.C.,” the memo mentioned, “was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol constructing and our constitutional course of. We mourn the deaths of the 2 Capitol policemen and others linked to those unprecedented occasions.”