Def Sec Austin Agrees To Testify Before Congress About Secretive Hospitalization

Def Sec Austin Agrees To Testify Before Congress About Secretive Hospitalization


Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has agreed to testify before Congress about his secretive hospitalization for complications following a procedure to treat prostate cancer, according to a House panel.

A spokesperson for the House Armed Services Committee told the media on Tuesday that the Department of Defense (DoD) “confirmed” Austin would appear before the panel on February 29 to discuss “his failure to disclose his hospitalization.”

Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) sent a letter to Austin last month, calling on the secretary to testify because of his “unwillingness to provide candid and complete answers” sought by the committee. Although he initially picked February 14 for a hearing, Rogers told POLITICO that Austin had a “date conflict.”

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Austin, 70, faced controversy after the revelation that the secretary had been hospitalized on January

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