U .S. lawmakers appear prepared to grant Donald Trump's pick for secretary of Defense an exception to circumvent a law that mandates civilian control of the military.
Federal law dictates that the person leading the Pentagon cannot have served in uniform in the last seven years. Former Gen. James N. Mattis, who retired from the Marines in 2013, needs Congress to pass a law to get around that restriction.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to begin his confirmation hearing on Thursday, but the panel scrutinized the current law for more than two hours Tuesday with two experts, who also signaled little opposition to approving what amounts to a waiver.