Tuesday, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) reported former CIA Director Michael Hayden to the Capitol Police for tweeting that the senator should be eliminated “from the human race.”
Hayden responded on Monday to a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, asking if the senator should be removed from the Senate Armed Services Committee for imposing holds on military promotions by saying, “How about the human race?”
His office has reported the incident to Capitol Police, according to Tuberville.
“This statement is disgusting and it is repugnant to everything we believe in as Americans. Given General Hayden’s long career in Washington, he must have known that, by making such a statement, he was committing a serious crime. His own efforts today to reinterpret what he said are only a tacit admission of guilt.” Tuberville said in a statement.
Tuberville has come under fire from current and former military leaders over his halt on military promotions that began in February, in protest of the Pentagon policy that covers travel expenses for service members who are seeking abortion care.
The senator from Alabama and former head football coach at Auburn University has refused to lift the hold, despite of protests from liberal lawmakers and leaders.
The dispute has halted the promotions and nominations of more than 300 service members.
The Senate can still vote on individual promotions or nominations, as it did last month for three top military leaders, but the discrete votes consume hours of valuable floor time compared to the more common package votes.