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Navy officials say a sub commander faked his own death so that he can break up with his mistress.
Now they've stripped him of his job.
The married commander you see in the center of this picture had just taken the top job at on the USS -- According to the reporting of this New London -- newspaper he'd been having the affair since last year telling the woman he was separated from his wife.
Then last month the woman says she received an email from the commanders address will not from his address them from someone claiming to be his coworker.
And it read quote.
I'm extremely started tell you that he is go -- we tried everything we could to save him.
I cannot say more I'm sorry it has to be this way.
The woman says she went to his home to pay -- respects.
And that's when she found out he's not just alive he's married with kids.
She's -- she later learned she was pregnant with his baby but miss -- Now the navy is relief relieve the commander duties saying he didn't live up to the high standards of a naval officer.
Let's bring in Randy -- that criminal defense attorney.
And former prosecutor.
What kind of legal issues they have here this is the age old debate.
Character and leadership -- they rise and fall together -- can they be separate and apart.
In this country we always look at leaders and expect our leaders just to do things differently men or women.
As opposed to in Europe and the whole notion of an affair.
It goes to what kind of character do you have what kind of decision making do you make remember this guy is running a nuclear sub.
With tomahawk missiles if he doesn't have the good sense.
-- not have an affair and if you don't have Medicare covered up by faking your own death do we want this guy having his finger on the button of tomahawk missiles.
He could be subject to extortion.
His subordinates the people below him.
That's how you gonna do your thing I'm gonna do my thing the same way the other side of the coin is simply -- one -- has nothing to do with another we've -- presidents.
Do let's say questionable things while in office.
And the public felt that they did a great job in Europe again one thing has nothing to do with the other.
But here ultimately USS Pittsburgh you're running a nuke you got tomahawks -- Back tonight back to 1775.
The navy spoke of the highest character highest conduct is no room no margin for error you gotta -- I suppose his argument might be what I did had nothing to doing my job what why did you take my job away from it.
And that is the issue because again if you separate the two what is what I do in my personal life.
Had anything to do and what I'm going to do in making decisions concerning my submarine.
They're separate and apart but the argument again it's one of character making decisions if in the heat of the moment you make such a bad decision to fake your own death let -- have an affair.
How can we trust you to make a decision that could Alter the face of the world because you have tomahawk missiles.
You press a button they go -- and millions -- so you're thinking is that if there is some sort of suit.
He won't go for.
He's gonna have a real tough -- to -- at the end of the day does he really wanted to read up dredge up bring up.
All of this bad stuff it's going to come up which is going to do nothing.
But hurt him professionally and probably destroy him personally -- -- Ellen thank you.
Well this was breaking news yesterday and.
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