Pentagon nominee Esper, a former Raytheon lobbyist, must extend recusal, says Warren

Defense News: President Donald Trump’s nominee for defense secretary, Mark Esper, must “take additional steps” to wall himself off from his previous role as the top lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon, according to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Warren, a Democratic presidential hopeful and Senate Armed Services Committee member, sent a letter to Esper July 11, saying that she asked him to extend his commitment to recuse himself from all matters related to Raytheon and that he had refused. The commitment, part of a 2017 ethics agreement, is set to expire in November.

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