Jim Inhofe

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks to reporters following a GOP policy meeting on Capitol Hill on June 30. Inhofe on Thursday called off a hearing on the nomination of retired Army general Anthony Tata for Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. AP file

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe on Thursday called off a hearing on the nomination of retired Army general and Fox News commentator Anthony Tata amid complaints regarding controversial comments made about former President Barack Obama and Muslims.

Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said there were many “Democrats and Republicans who didn’t know enough about Anthony Tata to consider him for a very significant position at this time.”

Tata was nominated by President Donald Trump to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, a high-ranking civilian position at the Pentagon. The Armed Services Committee held a closed-door meeting with Tata on Tuesday; the hearing scheduled for Thursday was to be open to the public.

“We didn’t get the required documentation in time; some documents, which we normally get before a hearing, didn’t arrive until yesterday,” Inhofe, a Republican, said. “As I told the President last night, we’re simply out of time with the August recess coming, so it wouldn’t serve any useful purpose to have a hearing at this point, and he agreed.”

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