IT’S THE COVER-UP THAT GETS YOU: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin remains in the hospital this morning, eight days after suffering severe pain following an undisclosed medical procedure, and is still facing bipartisan opprobrium for attempting to keep his health crisis secret, even from his boss President Joe Biden.
“I remain concerned that vital chain of command and notification procedures were not followed while the secretary was under medical care. He is taking responsibility for the situation, but this was a serious incident, and there needs to be transparency and accountability from the department,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “This lack of disclosure must never happen again.”
The Pentagon has yet to disclose the nature of the elective procedure Austin underwent on Dec. 22 or give any details about the subsequent complication other than to say he was “in a lot