Sen. Elizabeth Warren aggressively went after Secretary of Defense nominee Mark Esper Tuesday over the ethical implications of his prior lobbying for Raytheon, the defense giant with ties to Warren.
Warren brought her theatrics, asking Esper “will you commit not to work for or get paid by any defense contractor for at least four years after your government service?"
Esper responded, "No, senator, I will not.”
Warren then accused Esper of acting in his own financial interests rather than those of the U.S.
Esper was having none of it telling her, “at the age of 18, I went to West Point, and I swore an oath to defend this constitution, and I embraced the motto called duty, honor and country. And I have lived my life in accordance to those values ever since then. I went to war for this country, I have served overseas for this country, I have stepped down from jobs that have paid me well more than when I was working anywhere else. And each time it was to serve the public good and to serve the young men and women in our armed services. So no, I disagree. I think the presumption is for some reason, anybody who comes from the business or the corporate world is corrupt."