Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will not go forward with his confirmation process for the full, permanent position, President Trump tweeted on Tuesday. Army Secretary Mark Esper will step into the temporary role. Reports published by USA Today and The Washington Post reveal a history of alleged domestic abuse in Shanahan's family. The FBI has investigated a violent 2010 dispute between Shanahan and his then-wife, Kimberley, in preparation for what would have been Shanahan's confirmation hearing. Additionally, in 2011, Shanahan's oldest son, William, who was then 17, assaulted his mother with a baseball bat. Kimberley required surgery as a result of the incident. Shanahan reportedly defended his son, writing in a memo that he acted in self-defense. He told the Post, however, that he never believed William's violent act was justified.

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