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HAGERTY’S SILENCE ON RUSSIA PAYING CASH FOR KILLING AMERICAN SERVICEMEMBERS IS DISQUALIFYING

HAGERTY’S SILENCE ON RUSSIA PAYING CASH FOR KILLING AMERICAN SERVICEMEMBERS IS DISQUALIFYING

For Immediate Release: June 29. 2020

NASHVILLE – Former Ambassador and U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty has not said a word about his ally President Trump spending months failing to act on disturbing intelligence that Russia offered Taliban-linked militants cash bounties for killing American soldiers, despite being presented with several potential responses. New reporting confirming the intelligence connects earlier killings of American servicemembers in Afghanistan to the bounty offer, occurring at a time when the president advocated for Russia to be readmitted to the G-7 Conference

“I’ve never seen [President Trump] do anything that I think jeopardizes America’s position in the world,” said Bill Hagerty, a member of the White House COVID Task Force, when asked by the Associated Press last October about President Trump’s interactions with Ukraine and performance dealing with North Korea and China. Hagerty, who had his campaign Tweet-launched by the president two months before he announced his own candidacy, recently pledged to “stand by President Trump to support the brave men and women of our military.” 

“From calling for the president to militarize our streets by invoking the Insurrection Act, to beating the drums of war with Iran, to signaling his support for antigovernment militias, to his silence on the president stealing millions from Fort Campbell to fulfill a campaign promise, and now offering nothing amidst intelligence reports that a global adversary has paid bounties to kill American servicemembers, Bill Hagerty has shown he’s unfit to represent Tennesseans at Fort Campbell or anywhere across the Volunteer State, or serve in the U.S. Senate,” said decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Since James Mackler launched his campaign at a closed rural hospital in McKenzie, Tennessee, he has earned support from the DSCC, Tennessee Fire Fighters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL, Vote Vets, Serve America, Let America Vote, End Citizens United, Giffords PAC, Gov. Phil Bredesen, and thousands of Tennesseans in all 95 counties.

James Mackler joined the U.S. Army after 9/11 to do more and serve in a time of crisis, serving in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot as a Screaming Eagle in the 101st Airborne Division. He later protected sexual assault survivors and prosecuted criminals as a U.S. Army JAG attorney. James is running for U.S. Senate for the same reasons he joined the army — to do more and serve all Tennesseans in a time of crisis.

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