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By Andrew deGrandpre, Staff writer
The top Marine is offering Congress few details about the fallout from a whistleblower complaint except to say he’s not afraid of the man who accused him of abusing his authority and that critical media coverage of his leadership is an unfortunate side effect of the tough choices he’s had to make as the service’s commandant.
In a May 1 letter to Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., Gen. Jim Amos addresses the five questions Jones put to him during a March 12 budget hearing in Washington. The first centers on the Marine Corps’ treatment of Maj. James Weirick, the Marine attorney who was removed from his post and served with a restraining order after sending a terse email to one of Amos’ legal advisers imploring him to “come clean” about his involvement in the sloppy prosecution of several Marines tied to a war-zone scandal.