The Air Force General chosen by President Donald Trump to become the second highest US military officer on Tuesday denied violent allegations of sexual violence against him during his affirmative hearing, and received strong approval from a senator who said she was raped during serving in the army.
His prosecutor, Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser, 51, watched as General John Hyten said & # 39; all allegations are completely incorrect & # 39; while his wife Laura and daughter Katie watched in Capitol Hill, Washington DC.
Hyten, nominated to become vice-president of the Army Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in dramatic testimony to the Senate's Armed Services Committee that & # 39; never happened & # 39; but Spletstoser stayed with her claim and accused him of having attacked her several times.
& # 39; All allegations are completely incorrect & # 39 ;, General John Hyten said Tuesday about allegations of sexual violence. He testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee: & # 39; Nothing happened & # 39;
Army Colonel Kathryn Spletstoser sat quietly in the room during the hearing. Spletstoser accused that air force General John Hyten of having subjected her to a series of unwanted sexual claims
Former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, left, and General John Hyten appear before an armed services committee of the Senate
The hearing was about allegations of an alleged incident in December 2017 in a hotel room in Simi Valley, California, where they were staying to attend the Reagan National Defense Forum.
Spletstoser says that Hyten, 60, knocked on the door of her hotel room, sat down on the bed and signaled that she should sit next to him, and then pulled her toward him and kissed her on the lips as he pressed himself against her. He reportedly ejaculated, got sperm on his sweatpants and on her yoga pants.
Spletstoser said she was upset, went into the bathroom of her hotel and threw a towel at him and told him to tidy himself.
She said he went to the bathroom and stayed there for a few minutes before apologizing and asking if she wanted to report him.
Months later, Spletstoser was fired for creating a & # 39; toxic & # 39; work environment, & # 39; bullying & # 39; of subordinates and showing a & # 39; volcanic mood & # 39 ;.
U.S. Air Force Col. Kathryn Spletstoser (2nd L), consults with a colleague such as U.S. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten testifies
After the hearing, Spletstoser claimed that he had made false official statements under oath and & # 39; lied about a large number of items & # 39;
Spletstoser said: & # 39; You have just raised a four-star general before the American people and in open testimony, before the armed services committee of the Senate, and made false official statements under oath & # 39;
Spletstoser added: & it boils down to lying about sexual abuse of me. He did it, he did it several times & # 39;
& # 39; That never happened & # 39 ;, Hyten told the members of the Armed Services Committee of the Senate. & # 39; I have never been in her room … on a journey I have ever made. & # 39;
He doubled when his 32-year-old wife was in the room: & It has been a painful time for me and my family, but I want to explain to you and the American people in the strongest possible terms that these allegations are incorrect. & # 39;
The hearing heard that the Omaha police reported a malfunction at their office in February 2018 after it was discontinued from the role and an incident report stated that Spletstoser told Hyten & (39) he had 24 hours to rectify the situation , or (she) went to (self) kill with a family firearm. & # 39;
In June, an Air Force official charged with investigating her complaint refused to refer General Hyten to a court martial.
The Air Force investigation into the allegations did not expose emails, text messages or other supporting evidence, according to a DoD source cited by the Times.
LAURA HYTEN WEAR MELANIA TRUMP CUSTOM RALPH LAUREN 2017 INAUGURATION DRESS
John Hyten with his daughter Katie (left) and wife Laura (right)
John Hyten followed in Melania Trump's footsteps while attending the confirmation hearing on Tuesday in Capitol Hill, Washington DC.
Laura Hyten showed support for President Donald Trump's nomination in the same powder-blue Ralph Lauren design that the First Lady wore famously at the leader's inauguration in 2017.
Mrs. Hyten wore the high-necked item while sitting next to her daughter Katie with her eyes on the man who wanted to become the second-highest US soldier.
She opted for white open-platform soles with the recognizable double-sided cashmere mock turtleneck worn under a short jacket with a bold collar.
Melania had chosen matching pumps and opera-length gloves when she debuted the design two and a half years ago.
At the time, she was compared to Jackie O in the tailor-made piece.
Lauren is a lucky designer for FLOTUS who also chose to wear his pantsuit during Trump's election night.
Maybe Laura Hyten hopes that the fully American fashion designer will bring her luck too.
Melania Trump with son Barron during the inaugural parade in 2017
An administrative investigation into Spletstoser in 2018 contains comments from her colleague & # 39; s at Strategic Command that she & # 39; toxic & # 39; was dealing with both subordinates and superiors, according to the Times.
Spletstoser sat quietly in the room during the hearing on Tuesday and then told reporters that Hyten had lied to the senators on oath.
& # 39; You had just made a four-star general to the American people and in open testimony, to the Senate's Armed Services Committee, and made false official oaths, he lied about a large number of items, & # 39; Colonel Kathryn Spletstoser told reporters. & # 39; Basically he lied that he had sexually abused me. He did it, he did it multiple times. & # 39;
An official investigation by the Air Force has not substantiated the allegations against Hyten.
Spletstoser testified privately last week, but said Tuesday that she wanted the entire committee to hear her allegations before they voted.
If a vote does not result in a result by Friday, the final measures will only be taken in September.
Hyten is currently overseeing the country's nuclear arsenal.
& # 39; We are not talking about winning a lawsuit, & # 39; she said. & # 39; We are talking about a promotion to be the second-highest officer in the army for someone who could not answer simple questions about sexual violence policy and how to deal with it. & # 39;
The appointment of Hyten is a challenge for the Senate, which has been criticizing the army for years for not doing enough to combat sexual violence in its ranks. Lawmakers now have to decide whether the accusations of Spletstoser should prevent the confirmation of Hyten.
After hearing both Hyten and Spletstoser, several legislators concluded that the candidate was falsely accused.
& # 39; The truth is that General Hyten is innocent of these allegations, & # 39; said Republican Senator Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot in the Air Force.
& # 39; Sexual attacks happen in the army. In this case, it just didn't happen, & McSally added, who revealed this year that she had been raped by a superior officer in the army.
Heather Wilson, who served as Air Force Secretary until this year resigned, appeared surprisingly at the hearing and suggested to Hyten that he was falsely accused.
Spletstoser said: & # 39; This advancement tells everyone, every victim of sexual assault, that they don't have to come forward. That their own character, despite the fact that they have a flawless record, is called into question. That they will be the investigated. That they will not see justice. & # 39;
Sexual abuse and harassment in the US military are largely underreported and official statistics show that the problem is getting worse. The Department of Defense estimated in May that the number of sexual attacks increased by nearly 38 percent in 2018 compared to a study two years earlier, according to data that critics have said, broken promises from the Pentagon.
The Pentagon said there were 6,053 reports of sexual assaults last year, the highest since the US Army began collecting such investigation data in 2004.
Hyten said he would support reforms to tackle sexual attacks within the armed forces and said: & # 39; It's a scourge for our army. & # 39;
& # 39; As vice-president, I will play an important role in reaching and addressing these issues & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; I have thought a lot about it. I worked closely with people who asked what we should do. Every time I look at the figures of the (assault), they seem to be worse, not better.
& # 39; We have tried so many things, but the numbers say they don't work. & # 39;
Laura Hyten put on the same Ralph Lauren dress that Melania Trump wore for the inauguration of the presidential 2017
General John Hyten, right, embraces his wife Laura, after a hearing from the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday
General John Hyten, right, accompanied by his wife Laura, left, speaks for the armed services commission of the Senate
General John Hyten, left, accompanied by members of his family, including his wife Laura, second from the right, and his daughter Katie, right, appear before the armed services commission of the Senate
Democratic senator Tammy Duckworth, a war veteran, seemed frustrated at Hyten's lack of specific recommendations. Hyten said he was not an expert on this issue, who dominated his affirmative hearing.
Republican Senator Joni Ernst, an army veteran who said she was raped in college, expressed concern about Hyten's response to complaints about toxic leadership & # 39; van Spletstoser while on strategic command. In particular, Ernst said she was concerned that Hyten was not taking enough action against Spletstoser until questions were asked about his own leadership.
& # 39; This worries me about your judgment and your ability to lead one of the highest positions in the US Army, & # 39; said Ernst.
Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. And Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y. – who are members of the Armed Services Committee – were not at the confirmation hearing as they were both in Michigan for Democratic presidential debates.
Many lawmakers met to defend Hyten, the departing commander of the US Army Strategic Command, who would oversee a nuclear conflict.
Senator Jim Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the committee, criticized the news media for publishing details of the accusations of Spletstoser & # 39; with little respect for the truth & # 39 ;.
Inhofe said his committee had thoroughly investigated the allegations, held five executive sessions, studied more than 1,000 pages of investigative reports, and viewed statements from more than 50 witnesses.
& # 39; This committee takes allegations of sexual abuse very seriously – it is unacceptable, & # 39; said Inhofe. & # 39; But this committee will not respond to unproven allegations – allegations that cannot withstand the accuracy of the process of this committee. & # 39;
Spletstoser says that Hyten tried to kiss, hug and improperly touch her while she was in the office or traveling, which led to a meeting in a hotel room in Simi Valley, California,
Republican Senator Martha McSally, first female fighter pilot with the Air Force, said: & # 39; Sexual assault takes place in the army. In this case it just didn't happen & # 39;
President Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Holds up a book titled Providing for the Common Defense while speaking at a senate service hearing on Capitol Hill. He criticized the news media for publishing details of the accusations of Spletstoser & # 39; with little respect for the truth & # 39;
Hyten and his wife Laura Hyten, tour a freight forwarder in the maintenance room
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