A colonel accused a four-star general of sexual assault. A Senate panel will decide what happens next.Read Now
"Gen. John E. Hyten’s chances of being confirmed as the military’s second-highest officer may come down to one thing this week: whether senators believe an Army colonel’s charges that he sexually assaulted her while she was under his command — accusations he denies.Col. Kathryn Spletstoser has accused Hyten, who is currently responsible for the country’s nuclear arsenal as the head of U.S. Strategic Command, of making unwanted sexual contact with her on several occasions in 2017 while the two were traveling for work.
Both Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee maintain that her account is plausible, but some members have also said they are wary of taking her uncorroborated word over the categorical denials of a decorated four-star Air Force generalendorsed by high-ranking colleagues."