Donald Trump’s last minute to relocate the location of Space Command, who oversees Space Force, is now under a federal investigation.
Space Command Inspector General Investigation Begins
Inspector General Investigating Space Command HQ Move. “The investigation will look at the extent to which the Air Force complied with Defense Department and Air Force policies in the selection process, used objective scoring factors to rank the six possible locations and calculated the cost and other scoring factors accurately and consistently, Stone wrote in the memo detailing the work.” [CNN]
Trump Relocated Space Command After Colorado Voted Against Him. “The decision on Jan. 13, one week before Trump left office, blindsided Colorado officials and raised questions of political retaliation. Trump had hinted at a Colorado Springs rally in 2020 that the command would stay at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. But the man with whom Trump held that rally, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, lost his reelection bid in November, and Colorado, unlike Alabama, voted decisively against Trump.” [USA Today]
GOP Congressman Triggered Investigation. “Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) said in a statement Feb. 19 that he requested the IG investigation a month ago. Lamborn and the rest of the Colorado congressional delegation wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asking for the Biden administration to review a basing decision they consider politically motivated. ” [Space News]
Senators Praise Investigation, Slam “Disruption” Caused By Trump. “The state’s two Democratic U.S. senators, Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, also hailed the probe. “Moving Space Command will disrupt the mission while risking our national security and economic vitality,” the senators said in a joint statement. “Politics have no role to play in our national security. We fully support the investigation.”” [AP]