Gen. John Hyten appears before a Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, for his confirmation hearing to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: General denies sexual misconduct allegations

July 30, 2019 - 10:33 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on confirmation hearings for Air Force Gen. John Hyten (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

The Air Force general nominated to the Pentagon's second-in-command is strongly denying allegations of sexual misconduct as he appears before the Senate committee considering his nomination.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten says the allegations made by a senior Army officer are "false" and were shown to be so after a "fair and extensive investigation."

Hyten made the statement after introducing his wife of 32 years and other family members attending the hearing Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Moments earlier, former Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson defended the general and said the allegations were thoroughly investigated.

The Army officer says Hyten subjected her to a series of unwanted sexual advances by kissing, hugging and rubbing up against her in 2017 while she was one of his top aides.

Hyten has been nominated to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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10:17 a.m.

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the panel will address allegations of sexual misconduct against Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who is nominated to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Iowa, says the panel held five executive sessions to hear testimony and go over statements and thousands of pages of documents on the investigation. He says the committee will not act on unproven allegations.

The hearing is the first time that senators will publicly question Hyten about the charges brought by his former aide, Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser. Hyten and Spletstoser met separately with senators in classified sessions last week.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations reviewed the matter and found insufficient evidence to charge Hyten or recommend any administrative punishment.

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12:24 a.m.

The Air Force general nominated to become the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is going before the Senate Armed Services Committee amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

The hearing Tuesday morning will be the first time that senators will publicly question Gen. John Hyten about the charges brought by his former aide, Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser. Hyten and Spletstoser met separately with senators in classified sessions last week.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations reviewed the matter and found insufficient evidence to charge Hyten or recommend any administrative punishment.

Spletstoser told The Associated Press that Hyten subjected her to a series of unwanted sexual advances by kissing, hugging and rubbing up against her in 2017 while she was one of his top aides.

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