Air Force takes ‘Full Responsibility’ for Leak of GOP Congressional Candidate’s Sexual Assault Records
Indiana Reps. Jim Banks and Larry Bucshon said Jennifer Ruth Green’s records were provided to “an opposition research firm.”
Jennifer Ruth-Green is running to represent Indiana’s 1st congressional district. The compelling Republican candidate has an impressive background, and the district could be a GOP pick-up.
Democrats have represented this industrial, union-friendly corner of northwest Indiana in Congress for nearly a century. But their grip on the seat is in question as the party faces headwinds around the U.S. this year, buffeted by President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings and high inflation.
The contours of this district, encompassing Gary, have been redrawn to be slightly more friendly to Republicans. Green, meanwhile, offers a compelling biography that includes 20-plus years of Air Force service. She’s still active in the Indiana Air National Guard.
The potential for her victory would explain the recent hit piece that Politico ran, which included a sexual assault that occurred while she was serving in Iraq.
An Iraq War veteran running for Congress in Indiana has accused Politico of improperly revealing details of her sexual assault to paint her as a “failed military officer.”
Jennifer-Ruth Green, a Republican running against Rep. Frank Mrvan in Indiana’s 1st Congressional District, was profiled by reporter Adam Wren in a Friday article that revealed an Iraqi serviceman grabbed her breast and exposed himself after she left a group of officers to climb a guard tower during a visit to Iraq’s national training center.
“We said, ‘No, please don’t [publish the assault] – and they did it anyway,” Green said of Politico and Wren during an interview with Fox News Digital.
“At one point in my life I said to my assailant, ‘No, please stop, don’t’ and he did what he wanted to do. This is the exact same situation all over again, all because there was a man who wanted some sort of gratification.”
Normally, a Freedom of Information Act request would not lead to releasing this type of confidential documentation, despite Politico‘s claims otherwise.
Now the US Air Force has taken responsibility for the release of a candidate’s confidential personnel records that contained details about her sexual assault.
In a joint statement that was first shared with Fox News Digital, Indiana GOP Rep. Jim Banks, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and Indiana GOP Rep. Larry Bucshon, described a discussion they had with Air Force Inspector General Lt. Gen. Stephen Davis about the Air Force Personnel Center’s release of Indiana 1st Congressional District candidate Air Force Lt. Col. Jennifer-Ruth Green’s confidential personnel records:
“On yesterday’s call, the Air Force took full responsibility for improperly releasing Lt. Col. Green’s confidential personnel records to an opposition research firm just weeks before the midterm election. Lt. Gen. Davis informed us that the leaker has been identified and will be held accountable.”
The congressmen also stated that there is an investigation underway to determine “whether the leaker had a political or financial motive” or had an accomplice in the release of Green’s records.
Tucker Carlson interviewed Green to discuss the hypocrisy of the Congressional Black Caucus, which claims to advocate for African-American communities while it backs a white Democrat over a Black conservative.
The Congressional Black Caucus has thrown its financial support behind a white male Democratic congressman in Indiana rather than to his challenger who is looking to become the only Black female Republican in Congress.
“It’s the American people versus the DC politicians and lobbyists,” Air Force veteran Jennifer-Ruth Green told Fox News Digital in a statement. “I’m with the American people. The Congressional Black Caucus is with the politicians and lobbyists, and their career politician ally Frank Mrvan. America’s poorest communities are proof Frank Mrvan and the CBC care more about power and helping themselves than helping the people of northwest Indiana. It’s sad.”
Campaign finance records show that the CBC donated $5,000 to the campaign of Democratic Congressman Frank Mrvan in late September as he runs to defend his seat representing Indiana’s First Congressional District. The caucus donated to Mrvan instead of his challenger Green, who would become the sole Black Republican woman in Congress if elected.
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