Senate committee backs Hyten for Pentagon post
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[August 01, 2019]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.
Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday backed General John Hyten
to be the second-highest ranking U.S. military official, a day after he
denied sexual assault allegations against him.
The vote was 20-7 in favor of Hyten being the vice chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff.
Hyten, the outgoing commander of the U.S. military's Strategic Command,
must still be confirmed by the full Senate. A date for that vote has not
Hyten on Tuesday vehemently denied the sexual assault allegations
against him at his confirmation hearing and received a strong
endorsement from a senator who said she was raped while serving in the
His accuser, Army Colonel Kathryn Spletstoser, sat quietly in the room
during the hearing, occasionally shaking her head in disagreement, and
afterward told reporters that Hyten had lied to the senators under oath.
An official Air Force investigation did not substantiate the accusations
against Hyten. Several lawmakers concluded after hearing from both Hyten
and Spletstoser that the nominee had been falsely accused.
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U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic
Command, testifies in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on
Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Hytenís nomination has posed a challenge to the Senate, which for
years has criticized the military for failing to do enough to combat
sexual assault in its ranks.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Tom Brown and Cynthia Osterman)
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