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H.R. McMaster Previously Rebuked Over Handling of Sexual Assault Case

H.R. McMaster Previously Rebuked Over Handling of Sexual Assault Case

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster looks on as President Donald Trump announces him as his national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Feb. 20, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 03 March 2017 03:32 PM

A sexual assault case caused new National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be rebuked in 2015 for violating Army regulations in the handling of the two junior officers accused in the assault, The Washington Post reported Friday.

McMaster allowed the two lieutenants to attend Ranger School while they were under criminal investigation, according to the Post. The investigation was dropped a few months later when the victim turned out not to be a credible witness.

A “memorandum of concern,” considered a light rebuke, was given to McMaster by Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn in February 2015 because of his actions, the newspaper reported.

The investigation arose after the West Point rugby team was investigated and temporarily disbanded in 2013 for sexually degrading emails about female cadets, girlfriends of male cadets, and others, according to The New York Times.

During the investigation, a female cadet said she had been groped by the two players on a number of occasions. A criminal case was pursued, then dropped after it was discovered that she had given inconsistent testimony in another sexual assault case, the Post reported.

McMaster said he had not wanted to harm the officers’ careers before guilt was established. He said he was not aware that he should have asked for a waiver so they could attend Ranger School while the case proceeded. The inspector concluded evidence was not sufficient to say that McMaster had “knowingly” violated regulations, the Post reported.

President Donald Trump knew about the reprimand before appointing McMaster as national security adviser but still had confidence in him, the Post reported.

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