Armed Services Panel Cancels Hearing for Controversial Pentagon Nominee

July 31, 2020by Mark Satter, CQ-Roll Call (TNS)
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the Navy Blue Angels, below, fly in formation over the Pentagon, during the America Strong flyover May 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Ned T. Johnston/U.S. Air/Planet Pix via Zuma Press/TNS) ALAMY OUT, NO SHUTTERSTOCK

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday canceled at the last minute the nomination hearing for Anthony J. Tata, President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to be the Pentagon’s policy chief.

Tata, a retired Army brigadier general and regular contributor to Fox News, once called former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.” It is unclear if the hearing will be rescheduled.

In a tweet, Senate Armed Services Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., said many lawmakers did not yet know enough about Tata to consider him for such a position at this time.

Inhofe also said that a lack of documentation was to blame, and that he felt there was not enough time to have a hearing so close to the August recess. According to Inhofe, Trump agreed with him.

But Tata has a fairly high profile, and his nomination has drawn pushback from Democrats who have cited his past comment on Obama.

The policy post is among the most senior in the department and plays a central role in developing military plans and priorities.

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