Army Colonel Accuses Gen. John Hyten, Nominee for Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of Sexual Assault

FILE – In this April 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Strategic Command Commander Gen. John Hyten testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senators are hearing closed-door testimony about allegations of sexual misconduct against Air Force Gen. John Hyten as they weigh his nomination for vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The woman accusing Gen. John Hyten, President Trump‘s nominee to be the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of sexual assault publicly identified herself as Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser.

In an on-the-record interview with The New York Times published Friday, Spletstoser, who served two combat tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan as part of her 28-year career, said it was her duty to come forward after Hyten was nominated to be the second highest-ranking general in the country.

“I realized I have a moral responsibility to come forward,” Spletstoser said. “I could not live with myself if this happens to someone else, and I didn’t do anything to stop it.”

The Pentagon told The Hill on Friday it had no new comment following the Times report.

Pentagon officials have previously said an Air Force investigation cleared Hyten of the allegations.

“After a comprehensive investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, there was insufficient evidence to support any finding of misconduct on the part of Gen. Hyten,” Pentagon spokeswoman Col. DeDe Halfhill told The Hill on July 10. “Gen. Hyten cooperated with the investigation. With more than 38 years of service to our nation, Gen. Hyten has proven himself to be a principled and dedicated patriot.”

A spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command, which Hyten currently leads, said Friday the command “fully cooperated” with the Air Force investigation.

“According to Air Force officials, there was insufficient evidence to support any finding of misconduct on the part of Gen Hyten,” Cmdr. Bill Clinton said in a statement to The Hill.

Spletstoser’s accusations against Hyten first came to light earlier this month when the Senate Armed Services Committee was briefed on the issue.

Spletstoser also previously described her allegations to The Associated Press and Washington Post, but did not agree to be identified in those interviews.

Her on-the-record interview comes days before the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Hyten. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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Source: The Hill