Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOur military shouldn't be held hostage to 'water politics' Meghan McCain blames 'toxic' hostility for 'The View' exit Beware the tea party of the left MORE (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday blasted the Pentagon for its policies against for-profit colleges, stating that banning the institutions is a gross "abuse of power."
McCain criticized the Department of Defense for its treatment of the University of Phoenix, which was temporarily banned from conducting recruitment on military bases last year.
“This hearing is about accountability,” the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said during a hearing on the issue, as reported by Reveal. “If the University of Phoenix could be singled out in this flawed and suspect way, this indicates a deeper failing of the Department of Defense that requires oversight of this committee.”
“This kind of abuse of power is something that I hope in a new administration will be totally unacceptable,” McCain later added.
According to the Arizona senator, the university has been the subject of “gross and grave injustice,” and a victim of an “ideological agenda."
University of Phoenix was placed on probation just months after it was accused of improperly recruiting military veterans, according to BuzzFeed News.
However, McCain argued that the reasons behind the probation are “demonstrably specious.”
“I truly hope we will never see anything like this again from the Department of Defense,” he said. “But as long as I am chairman of this committee, there will be accountability.”