CNN has reached out to the Navy for comment. A Navy spokesman declined to comment to the Times on Crozier’s status.
Crozier was relieved of his command last week by acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, for what Modly called “poor judgment,” going outside the chain of command and too widely disseminating a memo over an unsecured system.
“I think acting Secretary (Thomas) Modly made a very tough decision — a decision that I support. It was based on his view that he had lost faith and confidence in the captain based on his actions,” Esper said on “State of the Union.” “It’s just another example (of) how we hold leaders accountable for their actions.”
There is an ongoing investigation into the matter, Esper told Tapper.