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Politics James Miller: Official resigns from Pentagon advisory board over Esper's perceived support for clearing protest outside White House

16:50  03 june  2020
16:50  03 june  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Miller called what he saw as Esper ' s support for suppressing the protest a violation of Esper ' s oath of office. Miller served as the Pentagon 's The exterior of the church had been defaced during protests outside the White House on Sunday and there had been a small fire in the parish house

A former top policy official at the Pentagon , James Miller , resigned from his role on the Defense Advisory Board due to what he said was Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ’ s visible support for Miller called what he saw as Esper ’ s support for suppressing the protest a violation of Esper ’ s oath

A former top policy official at the Pentagon, James Miller, resigned from his role on the Defense Advisory Board due to what he said was Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's visible support for law enforcement officers' clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square on Monday.

Miller called what he saw as Esper's support for suppressing the protest a violation of Esper's oath of office. Miller served as the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy during the Obama administration.

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Official resigns from Pentagon advisory board over Esper ' s perceived support for clearing protest outside White House . A former top policy official at the Pentagon , James Miller , resigned from his role on the Defense Advisory Board due to what he said was Secretary of Defense

Pentagon advisory board over Esper ' s support for clearing protest outside White House . James Miller , resigned from his role on the Defense Advisory Board due to what he said was of Defense Mark Esper ' s visible support for law enforcement officers' clearing of protesters from

"When I joined the Board in early 2014, after leaving government service as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, I again swore an oath of office, one familiar to you, that includes the commitment to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States . . . and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same,' " Miller wrote in a resignation letter addressed to Esper, which was published Tuesday in The Washington Post.

"You recited that same oath on July 23, 2019, when you were sworn in as Secretary of Defense. On Monday, June 1, 2020, I believe that you violated that oath," Miller wrote.

"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," Miller added.

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  The secretary of defense spoke out against Trump’s approach to the protests. Yes, this is a big deal. And he did it on TV, which will reach a broad audience.Esper’s comments also came after many criticized him for walking across Lafayette Square with the president and posing for a photo in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as using language like “we need to dominate the battlespace” on a Monday call with governors. On Tuesday evening, James Miller, a member of the Defense Science Board, which advises the Pentagon, wrote to Esper a letter, published in The Washington Post, to resign his position and to urge Esper to “consider closely both your future actions and your future words.

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The unnamed Pentagon official said that Esper and Milley, who joined Trump for his walk from the White House to the church after police forces dispersed protesters in the area, had earlier arrived at the White House to inform the president about the readiness of the military to take part in addressing

Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Robert Carver confirmed to CNN that Miller had resigned but declined to comment on the content of the resignation letter.

On Monday, roughly a half hour before a curfew went into effect for Washington, following a weekend of unrest over the death of George Floyd, law enforcement began pushing back the crowd of peaceful protesters gathered outside the White House with tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets.

After they were cleared, President Donald Trump and an entourage of administration officials and security personnel walked to nearby St. John's Episcopal Church, a historic house of worship, where the President posed for photos, some of which included Esper and several other top officials. The exterior of the church had been defaced during protests outside the White House on Sunday and there had been a small fire in the parish house basement, but church leaders said in a statement that the structure was largely "untouched."

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James Miller , a former Pentagon official who sits on the Defense Science Board , said he was resigning from the board after seeing the peaceful Alice Friend, a former Pentagon official , said Esper and Milley, by using terms like battlespace, were blurring the lines between American citizens

James Shea, the city’ s public safety director, credited the organizers with executing their march and tribute in an “incredibly responsible and peaceful manner.” Afterward, as the crowd began to disperse, a protester chided the other officers for not taking a knee as well.

Esper told NBC on Tuesday that he thought the trip out of the White House was "to see some damage and to talk to the troops."

a group of people standing in front of a fence: Demonstrators gather in front of a fence surrounding Lafayette Park outside the White House as protests continue in Washington, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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"I didn't know where I was going," Esper told the network. "I wanted to see how much damage actually happened."

The secretary also addressed the widespread protests in an internal department-wide memo on Tuesday, saying, "I, like you, am steadfast in my belief that Americans who are frustrated, angry, and seeking to be heard must be ensured that opportunity."

Protesters who have taken to the streets in recent days to draw attention to Floyd's case and police violence across America say they want to see charges for all four police officers involved in his death. So far, officials have only charged the officer who was seen in a video with his knee on Floyd's neck with third-degree murder and manslaughter — charges the protesters believe aren't harsh enough.

The Defense Advisory Board, which was established in the 1950s during the height of the Cold War, comprises nearly 50 retired senior military, government, and industry leaders, and has advised the Pentagon on issues such as acquisition, cyber and communication technology, and weapons of mass destruction.

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