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Scalise Brings Navy SEAL O’Neill to Whip Meeting


Scalise invited O'Neill to his meeting Tuesday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Ryan Zinke, a former Navy officer, connected Scalise, above, with O’Neill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, who claims to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s special guest to his Whip Team meeting Tuesday.  

The Whip Team meeting is a regular weekly meeting attended on fly-in nights by members to discuss the week’s legislative business and hear from those with legislation on the floor.  

Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., also a former Navy officer, connected O’Neill with Scalise, R-La., according to the Whip’s office. Zinke served in the Navy from 1985 to 2008.  

O’Neill, a Montana native, was a sniper before leaving the Navy in 2012. In 2014, he claimed he fired the head shots that killed bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, during a raid in 2011.  

In October, a British Islamic State supporter published O’Neill’s name and address and called on members in the U.S. to target him, the Mirror reported .  

Past special guests to Whip Team meetings have been Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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