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A Department of Defense adviser has resigned, effective immediately, from the military’s science board, citing what he believed to be a violation of conduct from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
In his resignation letter to Esper, which was obtained by The Washington Post, James Miller Jr., who served as the US undersecretary of defense for policy from 2012 to 2014, recalled that he swore an oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” and “to bear true faith and allegiance to the same,” similar to what the defense secretary had done before he took office.
The article goes on to state the following:
“On Monday, June 1, 2020, I believe that you violated that oath,” Miller wrote to Esper.
Miller’s reasoning centered on President Donald Trump’s visit Monday to St. John’s Church in Washington, DC, where peaceful protesters were cleared with tear gas so that he could pose with a Bible for photographs.
In his letter, Miller wrote, “President Trump’s actions Monday night violated his oath to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” as well as the First Amendment “right of the people peaceably to assemble.” You may not have been able to stop President Trump from directing this appalling use of force, but you could have chosen to oppose it. Instead, you visibly supported it.”
“You have made life-and-death decisions in combat overseas; soon you may be asked to make life-and-death decisions about using the military on American streets and against Americans. Where will you draw the line, and when will you draw it?” he declared.
“I hope this letter of resignation will encourage you to again contemplate the obligations you undertook in your oath of office, as well as your obligations to the men and women in our military and other Americans whose lives may be at stake. In the event that at least some other senior officials may be inclined to ask these questions after reading this letter, I am making it public,” Miller added.
A member of the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board, James Miller, has resigned his position, telling @EsperDoD that he believes the Pentagon chief violated his oath to the U.S. Constitution last night during Trump’s church photo-op.https://t.co/Rrshq8bgAc
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) June 3, 2020
‘I wish you the best’: US military adviser resigns after Trump’s controversial photo-op at church https://t.co/5xGcPLZzv2
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) June 3, 2020
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