Senators from both parties ask why they did not have pre-announcement of domestic violence in the Patrick Shanahan family ending his bid to become President Trump's permanent secretary. He calls his nomination collapse the latest example of the skimmed White House vetting.
"See what happens when you're not a veterinarian," Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) told reporters Tuesday. "This Shanahan failure shows … what a root of the administration's national security and foreign policy is."
With his withdrawal and withdrawal, Shanahan comes to a number of other former candidates for prominent cabinet and military leadership posts in the Trump administration who bowed to having compromised details. This list includes Trump's first choice to lead the Army and Navy and former nominees to lead the Chambers of Labor and Veterinary Affairs.
Most Democrats and Republicans said they were caught entirely free of news about Shanahan's withdrawal, which came amid reports that he was involved many years ago in a confusion with his now-past wife and then after their divorce hurried to defend his teenage son after he had attacked his mother with a baseball bat. Shanahan denied his former wife's claim that he himself beat her.
There was particular concern among some senators that Congress was not informed of the events of the administration, the FBI or the Shanahan itself. As some lawmakers noted, a background check would have accompanied Shanahan's nomination in 201
"I don't understand it," said Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). "These names, when they are out there before they are published, have been a level of wetting that has gone on – so it makes you wonder."
However, while the Democrats demand a bill over the administration's vetting practices, it is clear that Republican leaders prefer to just keep going.
"We must do a better job. If they had the information they needed to share it, beds Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.), A close ally of the president, said about the claims about Shanahan.
Graham added quickly: "It's over. I appreciate his service, but now is the time to find someone else. "
Democrats have called for deeper investigations. Standing next to Schumer on Tuesday, beds asked Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, whether Shanahan's past" was deliberately hidden or mistakenly covered. " 19659011] "I think there should be a study of [inspector general] in the defense ministry," he said, considering whether Shanahan had violated the law by not informing Congress of the events documented in his divorce.
President Trump has defended his administration procedures, telling reporters Tuesday that "we have a very good wetting process."
Some Republican senators, such as the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) Have Also, defending the process, dismissing concerns about the shortcomings of Shanahan's record.
"There is so much you can do in a vetting process, and I generally think of everything except No 1 position One, they only go back historically one year, "Inhofe said. "So I think the wetting process, the process is probably okay."
Shanahan's son attack on Shanahan's ex-wife took place in 2011 – eight years ago. Despite the republican leader's attitude, some surprise expressed that Shanahan himself sought the job, knowing that such an episode was part of his record.
"Frankly, I'm a little surprised that he was hanging in there as long as he did what he was interested in," said beds Kevin Cramer (RN.D.), member of the armed services panel. "Seeking a position such that there was no way that the investigation would not come to these problems."
But other dismissed presumption that claims reflect poorly on Shanahan.
"I don't think he was the initiator of any of these cases. It sounds like someone else," said late Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). "I think he handled it appropriately. Whether it should have come up before, I do not know because we only know what we know now."
Several Democrats pointed to numerous episodes where Trumps Nominees have withdrawn from consideration for cabinet posts, assistant secretary ships and federal judges after compromising on personal or professional details emerged. Remarkable examples are Mark Green, who withdrew from remuneration to become army secretary in 2017 over his previous comments on Islam, evolution and LGBT problems; and Philip Bilden, Trump's choice for the Navy Secretary in the same year that pulled over financial worries. Last year, Ronny L. Jackson withdrew to become a VA secretary of professional error, while two nominees – Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary and Heather Nauert for the United States Ambassador to the United Nations – withdrew their bid back legal documentation issues related to immigrant household employees since Trump joined.
"There should be a complete study of the whole process," said Blumenthal, noting that lawmakers were worried about the White House, but also should have believed that the FBI wager was "not only credible but also effective. and penetrating. "
Senators must also be sure that" the FBI is not afraid to ask for information that may reflect a potential candidate, "Blumenthal said. "They can't be scared of finding bad news."
Shanahan's withdrawal means that Mark Esper, the current army secretary, will take over as acting defense secretary, and both Democrats and Republicans said on Tuesday that they hope he will be Trump's nominee.
"When you have the word" acting "after your name, you are not, and you are perceived by other countries as not the one responsible and that is a problem," said Inhofe, who spoke to Trump's phone on Tuesday. Trump did not commit to nominating Esper during this conversation, he said.
"At a time when we are facing critical national security and budgetary challenges, it is crucial that we have a certified civilian leader at the top of the Pentagon, who is responsible for the President, Congress and the American people, said the beds Jack Reed (RI), the prominent democrat on the Senate armed service committees, in a statement.
Housewife chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) also weighed in on esper and said in a statement that "the department would get benefit from his leadership. "
Erica Werner contributed to this report.