Lt. Gen. Susan Helms' nomination for vice commander of the U.S. Space Command has been put on hold by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (Air Force)
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WASHINGTON — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has put a hold on the nomination of Air Force Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, who is tapped to serve as vice commander of the U.S. Space Command.
McCaskill said in a statement Thursday she wants more information about Helms’ decision last year to overturn a jury conviction in a sexual assault case.
In February 2012, Helms rejected the recommendation of legal counsel and overturned the conviction. An Air Force captain had been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a female lieutenant.
McCaskill is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and has been outspoken about the military’s handling of cases of sexual assault. Her hold keeps the Senate from approving Helms’ promotion.