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moncler sale DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: John Rood is a https://www.moncleronlineoutlet.com senior vice president at Lockheed Martin International, charged with boosting the company’s sales abroad. So at Rood’s Thursday confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services cheap moncler Committee to be the Pentagon’s top policy official, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren wanted to be sure he would moncler outlet online steer clear of Lockheed. moncler sale
cheap moncler outlet ELIZABETH WARREN: You’ve signed the White House ethics pledge, which requires you to recuse yourself from all matters involving your former employer Lockheed for two years. But the ethics laws currently in place permit you to apply for a waiver from that recusal. So will you commit not to seek such a waiver during your time in office? cheap moncler outlet
cheap moncler jackets sale WELNA: Rood’s reply was neither a yes nor a no. cheap moncler jackets sale
JOHN ROOD: I plan to live by the moncler mens jackets very scrupulously buy moncler jackets by the ethics agreement I’ve signed of the Office of Government Ethics.
cheap moncler jackets WARREN: Will you agree not to ask for moncler sale a waiver? cheap moncler jackets
ROOD: That agreement that I’ve signed with the Office of Government Ethics allows up the law.
WARREN: I’m going to take that as a no.
WELNA: Warren went on to note that Rood would be overseeing policy on foreign military sales the kind of sales he sought as an executive at Lockheed. cheap moncler coats Rood’s answer got him in deeper trouble.
ROOD: I will financially divest myself of all financially.
WARREN: So I’m asking you the question, will you recuse yourself from policy discussion.
moncler outlet online JOHN MCCAIN: Rood, I Rood, I moncler outlet suggest you answer the question to the senator. moncler outlet online
WELNA: That was Committee Chairman John McCain joining the fray. Warren, again, moncler sale outlet tried getting an answer from Rood, and she was clearly not satisfied.
moncler factory outlet WARREN: I don’t understand why the answer isn’t just yes or no. moncler factory outlet
MCCAIN: Rood, I suggest you answer the question, or you’re going to have trouble getting through this committee.
moncler outlet WELNA: It was obvious, the Arizona Republican added, that Rood was ducking Warren’s questions. moncler outlet
cheap moncler MCCAIN: I don’t like your answers. Most of us don’t like your answers. We’ll be giving you written questions. And I suggest that you answer them thoroughly and completely, OK? cheap moncler
WELNA: With that scolding, McCain turned to his Democratic colleague and thanked her.
moncler outlet sale MCCAIN: Senator Warren, I’m glad you raised it because one of my major concerns has been the big five and the rotating back and forth between government and business. moncler outlet sale
moncler sale outlet WELNA: Lockheed Martin is the biggest of the big five firms selling arms to the Pentagon. Raytheon is also in that group. And yet on Wednesday, McCain voted to confirm Raytheon’s top cheap moncler jackets Washington lobbyist, Mark Esper, as secretary of the Army. At Esper’s confirmation hearing earlier this month, McCain noted that Esper had unequivocally promised to have nothing to do with his former employer. moncler sale outlet
MCCAIN: I appreciate your commitment not only to recuse yourself monlcer down jackets from matters related to the Raytheon company Moncler Outlet but further not to seek or accept waivers to your recusal obligation.
moncler jackets outlet WELNA: John Rood might well heed those words if he’s to save his troubled nomination. Seventy percent of the Pentagon’s Senate confirmed positions remain unfilled 10 months into the cheap moncler outlet Trump presidency. David Welna, NPR News, Washington. moncler jackets outlet
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