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    ‘Pros and Cons’: Senators Receive Coast Guard’s Reasons for Failing to Release Academy Sex Assault Investigation

    ‘Pros and Cons’: Senators Receive Coast Guard’s Reasons for Failing to Release Academy Sex Assault Investigation

    Senators say the U.S. Coast Guard is hindering their investigation into the cover-up of sexual assaults at its service academy by refusing to release unredacted documents and stripping vital information from correspondence between senior service officials.

    Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations wrote a letter last week demanding greater transparency from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan after receiving documents on the service's decision not to publicly disclose its own investigation into the academy sexual assaults, known as Operation Fouled Anchor.

    The documents, from 2018, contain a discussion into the “pros and cons” of revealing the results of the investigation into 102 sexual assaults across nearly two decades at the Coast Guard Academy. The papers raise “ questions about the reasons” the Coast Guard decided against briefing Congress when the review was complete, according to the senators' letter.

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    The letter was penned by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the subcommittee chairman, and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the panel's ranking Republican.

    “These documents are troubling,” Blumenthal and Johnson wrote. “According to the enclosed documents, the Coast Guard was concerned that, should Operation Fouled Anchor be made public, it would ‘risk the initiation of…

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