Democrats mull Lloyd Austin investigation after prostate cancer secrecy

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin may face a Senate Armed Services Committee investigation over his unexplained health emergency and hospital stay as news of his prostate cancer diagnosis sparks more questions than answers. 

Austin’s doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center revealed in a statement on Tuesday that the defense secretary was diagnosed late last month and “underwent a minimally invasive surgical procedure called a prostatectomy to treat and cure prostate cancer.”

The defense secretary, 70, has been at Walter Reed for over a week, first being transported to the hospital via ambulance on Jan. 1, when he was put in the intensive care unit immediately. Pentagon spokesman Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder told reporters on Monday that Austin is no longer in the ICU but still in the hospital. 

The hospitalization itself was not controversial, but the lack of
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