McCaskill Opposes Removing Sex-Assault Cases From Command Chain

Senator Claire McCaskill said she opposes removing decisions on sexual-assault cases from the military chain of command, a move sought by victims’ advocates and proposed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

“I’ve come to the floor before we convene to explain why I am supporting significant changes as to how we handle sexual assaults in the military, but also why I am not supporting completely removing the role senior military commanders play in ordering these kinds of trials to go forward,” McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said on the Senate floor before the Armed Services Committee met to tackle the issue.

Committee leaders were preparing to strike the provision to turn over sex-assault cases to independent military prosecutors that was championed by Gillibrand, a New York Democrat.

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