|Uzbek hostage crisis|
|President Stuart Hughes, Vice President Selina Meyer, Defense Secretary George Maddox, and others witness the hostage rescue operation (January 6, 2015)
|Date||November 4, 2014 – January 6, 2015|
|Result||Hostages rescued safely, marine sergeant lost leg|
The Uzbek hostage crisis occurred from November 4, 2014 to January 6, 2015, in which several American students were kidnapped and held hostage. It was later revealed that one of the hostages was a spy, which led to President Stuart Hughes announcing he would not seek re-election.
On November 4, 2014, several college-aged Americans backpacking in Uzbekistan were captured and held hostage.
Rescue mission Edit
In January 2015, a rescue mission, also known as Operation Good Shepherd, was set for January 6. This coincided with Vice President Selina Meyer having to swear-in senators in the 114th United States Congress.
On January 6, Hughes, Secretary of Defense George Maddox, General Mercer, and Meyer (via webcam) met in the Situation Room. All the hostages were successfully freed without any casualties. A Marine sergeant lost a leg during the mission.
In January 2015, top Hughes officials Kent Davison and Chief of Staff Ben Cafferty discovered that one of the hostages was a CIA operative, thus endangering the lives of the other hostages who were not spies. Hughes knew one of the hostages was a spy during the crisis.
Mike McLintock, who was briefly working for Davison at the time, inadvertently emailed Davison's polling consultations regarding the spy out of the administration, making Hughes' lie public. Meyer, who was in Finland at the time, claimed she stood with the president.
In February 2015, Hughes rejected a hard-wrought budget deal made by Meyer and Majority Leader Mary King. This led to a government shutdown, which Hughes intended to act as a diversion from the spy story.
Janet Ryland interview Edit
In March 2015, Vice President Meyer participated in a TV interview with Janet Ryland. During the interview, Meyer avoided all questions regarding the spy story. Upon discovering that her political career is close to flatlining, Meyer lied about having full knowledge that one of the hostages was a spy. Meyer offered a heartfelt apology on behalf of the administration. Meyer's approval ratings skyrocketed following the interview, with people dubbing her the "no BS VP".
Impeachment talks Edit
Congress began issuing a massive amount of subpoenas toward the Hughes administration. After State Department official Schmidt agreed to testify, the House Judiciary Committee began discussing an impeachment. The Senate, controlled by Hughes' party, turned on the president.
In April 2015, behind closed doors, Hughes announced he would not be seeking re-election in the 2016 presidential election, in a deal with party leadership to quash any impeachment efforts.
The Uzbek hostage crisis and the deception following it drastically lowered Hughes' favorability, even within his own party.