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The Senate Thursday confirmed the nomination of Air Force General John Hyten, the Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-highest-ranking officer in the United States, after months of delays, an investigation of sexual misconduct claims.
Hyten former aide-de-camp, army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser, threw the general attacked her in a California hotel room in 2017. She said Hyten kissed, hugged and rubbed against her while she pushed him away and told him to stop, and that he is trying to derail her military career after she rebuffed him.
The Senate confirmed Hyten by a 75-22 vote, indicating a bit more opposition than most of the military nominations, the support, often in the vicinity-the Senate unanimously. The only Republican vote “no” was Joni Ernst of Iowa, a survivor of sexual assault, while in school, and a former reserve officer.
“It was a painful time for me and my family, but I’m telling you and the American people in the strongest possible terms that these allegations are false,” Hyten said during a Committee hearing in July. “Nothing happened, always.”
Gen John Hyten, will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee in July.
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A separate Air Force investigation found no evidence for the accusations. The official told Fox News Spletstoser leveled had justified similar allegations against at least a dozen other officers in the past few years, none of which were.
Officials said Spletstoser fired was from her job under Hyten, the command is executed, the U.S. military took the nuclear Arsenal a few months after the alleged incident for the creation of a “toxic” environment and “bullying” your subordinates during the display of a “volcanic temper.”
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It was Spletstoser behavior under Hyten, which led to Seriously question Hyten nomination at the hearings.
“There are responsibilities that go with it, according to a senior leader and that is to ensure that those who said in their command of their policy and not engaging in toxic leadership will follow,” she said. “So the concerns can be with me in about your judgment and ability, in one of the highest positions in the U.S. military.”
Other vote “no” Thursday were the two Democratic presidential candidates, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, the military sexual misconduct of one of their top issues in the Senate; and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Iraq war veteran who lost her legs when her helicopter was shot down.
But Hyten received support from Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former fighter pilot, has described to the public their own sexual assault that she says occurred while in the military.
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“Clearly, this was not only a jump ball. Not a he-said, she-said,” McSally told the Senate Armed Services Committee in July. “Not a situation where we could not only prove what happened, allegedly. I think the truth is always important in our country. And the full truth was revealed in this process.
The truth is that General Hyten of these charges,” McSally went on is innocent. “Sexual assault happens in the military. It not only happened in this case.
“Today’s Senate confirmation of the Gen John Hyten, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is good news for our military and good news for our nation,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David F. gold fine. “John Hyten, the leader, strategist, and, above all, a Person with the character and values of is lead to our men and women in uniform well.”
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Marine gen Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff congratulated Hyten, called him a “visionary leader with an unparalleled strategic perspective.” Dunford is going to retire next Monday after four years in the job, so Hyten serve army under gen Mark Milley.
Hyten served in the Air Force for almost four decades and was most recently the U.S. Strategic command, which controls America’s nuclear force. He also directed the Air Force Space Command, and served as the head of the mission of the Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, the military’s legendary defense bunker during the Cold war.
The Associated Press and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.