US commander staying in Korea, skipping congressional hearings

ADVERTISEMENT
“He has asked the Senate Armed Services Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, and the House Appropriations Committee-Defense to excuse his absence until he can testify at a later date,” she said in an e-mail.

The Senate Armed Services panel said on Monday that the scheduled hearing on the Pacific will now only have one witness, U.S. Pacific Commander Adm. James Locklear.

Locklear will also be flying solo on Wednesday, when he testifies at a closed hearing with the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee.

Thurman had been slated to fly back to South Korea and then return next week for a hearing with the House Armed Services Committee, but now that has been postponed indefinitely, a committee aide said.

That hearing, unlike the Senate Armed Services Committee, was slated to just have Thurman testifying.