Politics Esper says Americans deserve 'unvarnished' look at 'tumultuous' Trump administration as he sues Pentagon over book redactions
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Former Secretary of Defensesaid Monday that the American people deserve an "unvarnished" look at former President Donald Trump's "tumultuous" presidency after he filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon for not clearing his book manuscript for publication.
"My view is that the American people deserve a full and unvarnished history of the last presidency, the Trump administration," Esper told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead" in his first interview since suing the Defense Department. "And what I aimed to do was to provide important insights and anecdotes and color to what was arguably one of the most tumultuous second halves of an administration in history."
Former defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute
Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper is suing the Pentagon, arguing that the department he once led is now unlawfully blocking parts of his forthcoming memoir by claiming it is classified information.Esper, who served as defense secretary from July 2019 until being fired by then-President Trump in November, filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon on Sunday, contending it is "improperly" withholding "significant text" from his upcoming memoirEsper, who served as defense secretary from July 2019 until being fired by then-President Trump in November, filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon on Sunday, contending it is "improperly" withholding "significant text" from his upcoming memoir "under the guise of classifica
Esper's lawsuit against the Defense Department came after the agency told him that he needed to take out parts of the book about his time working under Trump. The dispute developed during the pre-publication review of his manuscript, a typical process government officials must go through to receive approval when writing about their service, so that state secrets and other protected information isn't made public.
Beginning in October, a Defense Department staff member told Esper he needed to make redactions to his book, according to his lawsuit filed Sunday.
But Esper said the requested redactions covered quotes from Trump and others, conversations he had with Trump, and his views related to foreign countries. Trumpin early November 2020, days after losing the presidential election.
The former secretary of defense on Monday called the redactions "arbitrary and unfair," telling Tapper he "submitted what (he) believed at the time and still believe is an unclassified manuscript."
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The Defense Department announced on Monday that it has concluded its Global Posture Review. The review is a worldwide assessment of U.S. military bases, access arrangements, and forces. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said it will "improve our global response capability and inform the draft of the next National Defense Strategy.” © Provided by Washington Examiner Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the Biden administrations choice to be secretary of defense, listens during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Actually, this review represents a missed opportunity.