The Air Force has cleared President Donald Trump’s nominee to turn out to be vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of allegations of sexual misconduct, a senior military official immediately familiar with the investigation informed CNN on Wednesday.
The allegations surfaced in April shortly after four-star General John Hyten was nominated to be the President’s second most senior military adviser.
The official mentioned no proof or data had been discovered to substantiate nine allegations made towards Hyten by a junior female officer.
Two senior army officers confirmed to CNN that the officer has made similar accusations against other personnel in the past.
The Pentagon issued a press release stating: “After a complete investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, there was insufficient proof to help any finding of misconduct on the part of General Hyten. General Hyten has cooperated with the investigation. With more than 38 years of service to our nation, General Hyten has confirmed himself to be a principled and dedicated patriot.”
CNN has not been able to speak to the officer who made the allegations against Hyten.
Questions have been raised about why a confirmation hearing for Hyten had not yet been scheduled, three months after he was nominated for the role. Hyten, who would take over from Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, is at the moment the head of US Strategic Command, which is important in monitoring nuclear testing and missile launches around the world and advising the President, if wanted, on nuclear launch options for the US.