Confluence Daily is your daily news source for women in the know.
In the category of: Democracy threatened
A jarring new report from The Atlantic claims that the Trump campaign is discussing potential strategies to circumvent the results of the 2020 election, should Joe Biden defeat Donald Trump, by first alleging the existence of rampant fraud and then asking legislators in battleground states where the Republicans have a legislative majority to bypass the state’s popular vote and instead to choose electors loyal to the GOP and the sitting president.
In the category of: Rules don´t apply
In the category of: “Incident to military service”?
A federal judge ruled Thursday that a retired officer’s sexual assault case against Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the military’s second-highest ranking officer, can proceed to the next phase.
The ruling, issued by Judge Michael Fitzgerald of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, is a major win for retired Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser after the Air Force last year said it could not corroborate her accusations against Hyten. At the time, Spletstoser had accused Hyten, then President Donald Trump’s nominee for vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of unwanted sexual advances and sexual assault in a hotel room at a conference in 2017.
Hyten has denied Spletstoser’s accusations and argued she couldn’t sue him because the alleged assault was “incident to military service,” a key element of the Feres Doctrine, which prohibits service members from being sued in civil court and has generally prevented troops from suing their superior officers.
The judge denied the motion on Thursday, arguing that the alleged assault could not “conceivably serve any military purpose.”
Confluence Daily is the one place where everything comes together. The one-stop for daily news for women.