Air Force admits giving GOP candidate's sexual assault details to 'opposition' firm, Republicans say
USAF "improperly affected a competitive House race," congressmen say.
Two congressmen have said the Air Force has admitted to improperly releasing a Republican House candidate's personnel records to an "opposition" firm, a leak that included details about the female airmen's sexual assault during her service.
Indiana Republican Reps. Jim Banks and Larry Bucshon said in a press release obtained by Just the News that on a call Tuesday the Air Force "took full responsibility for improperly releasing" the records of Indiana House GOP candidate and USAF Lt. Col. Jennifer-Ruth Green.
Green earlier this month was the subject of a Politico profile in which writer Adam Wren reported that she had been sexually assaulted while serving in Iraq. Green in response claimed that her Democratic opponent, Rep. Frank Mrvan, "or his supporters" obtained "either illegally or by egregious error," military records describing that assault.
Banks and Bucshon in the press release the Air Force released the records "to an opposition research firm."
"The Air Force improperly affected a competitive House race and must provide transparency before election day," the congressmen said.
"We are calling on the Air Force to publicly take responsibility for mishandling Lt Col Green's service records. Additionally, before the midterm election, the Air Force should release any information it has regarding the financial relationship between the DCCC and the opposition research firm that sent confidential records to Politico's Adam Wren to smear a servicemember who happens to be running for public office."
The leaker "has been identified and will be held accountable," the congressmen said, citing Air Force Inspector General Lt. Gen. Stephen Davis.