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Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser has accused President Trump’s nominee for vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, of multiple instances of sexual assault during her time working for him between 2016 and 2018 at U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) in a bid to prevent his confirmation next month.
Spletstoser, 51, has claimed that Hyten, who is the commander of Stratcom, had initiated unwanted touching or kissing beginning in early 2017, and that in one instance, he came to her hotel room during a work trip to Simi Valley, California, in December 2017, forcibly kissed her and pressed himself against her, and ejaculated on their clothes.
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However, a recently released final report of an investigation into Spletstoser for toxic leadership during that time showed that she never once mentioned anything negative about Hyten — even in her lengthy rebuttal to the investigation’s findings in February 2018 that she was a toxic leader who should be fired.
Rather, during her interview with the investigating officer in January 2018, in which she accused colleagues of being immature, liars, and backstabbers, she called Hyten, 60, a “nice guy.”
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“You know, General Hyten is such a nice guy, but he wasn’t really very clear and he sort of figured that adults could be adults and go figure it out,” she told the investigating officer after saying she told Hyten she was being bullied by other staff.
The investigation’s final report also showed that multiple witnesses claimed in sworn statements that Spletstoser, as director of Hyten’s Commander’s Action Group (CAG) — a general’s dedicated staff — micromanaged Hyten’s travel plans, demanded she accompany him on nearly every work trip, and got angry whenever she was not booked in the same hotel as him.
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