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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called to testify about secretive hospitalization

Author: Lauren Peller Source: ABC GMA
January 19, 2024 at 12:23
A federal employee called for help on New Year's Day, asking for the defense secretary to be taken to the hospital after suffering complications from prostate cancer surgery.
A federal employee called for help on New Year's Day, asking for the defense secretary to be taken to the hospital after suffering complications from prostate cancer surgery.

Republican Mike Rogers requested Austin testify before the committee on Feb. 14.

A House committee asked Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday to testify publicly next month for his failure to disclose he was hospitalized after having complications from prostate cancer.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Austin asking him to testify before the committee on Feb. 14, 2024, at 10 a.m. to answer questions about his hospitalization and the botched notification process that followed.

"Congress must understand what happened and who made decisions to prevent the disclosure of the whereabouts of a cabinet secretary," Rogers wrote in the letter.

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