House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) opened an inquiry into Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday over his failure to properly disclose his hospitalization and cancer diagnosis.
Rogers sent three separate letters on Tuesday. They went to Austin, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, and Austin’s chief of staff, Kelly Magsamen, and were sent in the hope of getting full transparency on what happened during Austin’s hospitalization.
“Everything from on-going counterterrorism operations to nuclear command and control relies on a clear understanding of the Secretary’s decision-making capacity,” Rogers wrote in the letter to Austin. “The Department is a robust institution, and it is designed to function under attack by our enemies, but it is not designed for a Secretary who conceals being incapacitated.”
Austin had undergone a medical procedure to get rid of prostate cancer, which was