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U.S. Senate Candidate Hagerty Silent on Cover Up  by Ambassador Hagerty’s Boss

U.S. Senate Candidate Hagerty Silent on Cover Up by Ambassador Hagerty’s Boss

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2020

NASHVILLE – U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty has been silent on a flurry of cover-ups orchestrated by his former boss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who he served under as U.S. Ambassador to Japan. Starting with the firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick last Friday, reports have emerged that Pompeo ordered the firing of Linick because of investigations into selling arms to Saudis over bipartisan Congressional objections, probing the protocol office, hosting elite dinners on taxpayers’ dime, and whether his State Department staff were made to conduct personal errands. In contrast to the silence on his former colleague’s conduct and the motivations behind firing the State Department Inspector General, an advanced search of Bill Hagerty’s Twitter account (@BillHagertyTN), shows the Senate hopeful has tweeted or retweeted about “Obamagate” on twenty occasions since President Trump introduced the conspiracy theory to the lexicon on May 10.   

“Bill Hagerty launched his Senate campaign pledging to be a rubber stamp for this Administration,” said decorated Iraq War combat veteran James Mackler. “He’s not an independent voice now, and he’ll never be one in the Senate which is why the special interests have invested so much installing him there. I’m a combat veteran running for Senate to do what’s right and I’ll stand up to any Administration when their agenda is wrong for Tennessee.” 

In the past six weeks the Trump Administration has removed four inspectors general, and “the unprecedented spate of removals has reinforced how Trump is rather obviously seeking to undermine independent oversight of his administration — and the timing of each of them only reinforces that,” according to the Washington Post

When asked by the Associated Press about President Trump’s behavior on the international stage, the former ambassador asserted, “I’ve never seen him do anything that I think jeopardizes America’s position in the world.” 

While Hagerty goes out of his way to please his powers that be, his campaign is collecting “no comments” quicker than corporate PAC checks, with the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Tennessee Lookout recently reporting his reticence.  

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. 

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

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