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Quite frankly it's difficult to relive that moment and the passage was difficult for me to read. I was wrong to write those three sentences, i have never believed Will's attack on his mother was an act of self-defense or justified. I don't believe violence is appropriate ever, and certainly never any justification for attacking someone with a baseball bat.
After having been confirmed for Deputy Secretary less than two years ago, it is unfortunate that a painful and deeply personal family situation from long ago is being dredged up and painted in an incomplete and therefore misleading way in the course of this process, i believe my continuing in the confirmation process would force my three children to relive a traumatic chapter in our family's life and reopen wounds we have worked years to heal. Ultimately, their safety and well-being is my highest priority.
When I came into this role, the recommendation was brought to me that Secretary James Mattis had, he had convened a review, and that recommendation was brought to me. I did not find that sufficient, so I convened my own review, so I can ensure from top to bottom, there's the appropriate accountability. I do not know when that will be complete, but I have to assume that much of the work that's been done to date can be used.
Patrick Shanahan has at all times remained committed to upholding Patrick Shanahan ethics agreement filed with the DoD. This agreement ensures any matters pertaining to Boeing are handled by appropriate officials within the Pentagon to eliminate any perceived or actual conflict of interest issue with Boeing.
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