The Senate on Thursday confirmed by a voice vote Kenneth Braithwaite as the new Navy Secretary, filling a post that has been vacant since last November when former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was fired for his handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher's case and after acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly was forced to resign in wake of his controversial removal of the USS Theodore Roosevelt's commander. Brett Crozier, sent a note to several commanders pleading for more urgent Navy action, including the removal of nearly all sailors from the ship to protect their health. The acting Navy secretary at the time, Thomas Modly, accused Cozier of bad judgment and directed that he be relieved of command on April 2. President Trump later restored Gallagher’s rank and ordered that the Navy halt its internal review of Gallagher's actions from 2017 that resulted in the high-profile war crimes case. When Esper asked, Spencer confirmed that he'd never informed the defense secretary about his private proposal with the White House.
Source: Fox News May 21, 2020 23:03 UTC