Mark Esper says the department “randomly” revised the document, which describes his time in the Donald Trump administration.
Former Pentagon chief Mark Esper has criticized the defense department for unnecessarily banning his “unchanging and unpopular memoir” describing his time in the administration of former President Donald Trump, according to a new lawsuit.
Esper’s memoir, called A Sacred Oath, he shows his time as secretary of war from 2017 to 2019, as well as 18 months in which he served as the head of the Pentagon under Trump.
In the case, the period is described as “a time of civil unrest, health problems, growing foreign threats, Pentagon changes, and the White House appear to be seeking to violate the constitution”.
However, the lawsuit alleges, “The main text is improperly concealed in order to publish it … The banned word is very important in explaining the important issues raised in the text.”
Esper and Trump were very fragmented using the military during the riots in June 2020 following the assassination of George Floyd.
Other issues, including Esper’s opposition to withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, led the President to believe that Esper was not faithful enough. Esper has said he is trying to keep the department politically neutral.
Trumpet chased Esper in the days of the tweet after the defeat of the 2020 elections, allowing the President to establish loyalists for top Pentagon positions as he continues to challenge the results.
The lawsuit is based on a letter Esper sent to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin condemning the six-month recurrence.
He wrote that he had been asked not to mention Trump and others at meetings, not to mention the conversation he had with Trump, and not to use other clauses or names to describe past events.
The letter states that 60 pages of the manuscript contained some editions.
Acknowledging all these changes could lead to “significant injustices at some of the most important years in history that Americans need to know and understand”, Esper wrote.
The case also highlights some of the issues in the document that appear to have been downloaded to the media, “possibly disrupting” the book.
“I am deeply saddened that the government is violating my Constitutional Amendment rights,” Esper said in a statement. “And it is unfortunate that the only way there is for me to tell the American people my whole story.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the department was aware of Esper’s concerns.
“As with all these comments, the department takes seriously its responsibility to regulate national security and the author’s wishes. Considering that the case is under litigation, we will not comment further,” he said in a statement.