Kirsten Gillibrand holding up Navy nominee who criticized her sex assault bill

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'President Trump’s nominee to be the Navy’s general counsel, who has languished in the Senate for more than 14 months, is being held up by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., her office confirmed Thursday.

The senator did not immediately provide a reason for her hold on Charles “Cully” Stimson. But the senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation was a strong critic of Gillibrand’s attempts in recent years to pass legislation reforming military sexual assault prosecutions.

In 2016, Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act, a signature piece of legislation for the senator, was facing a third potential vote in the chamber after failing twice before. The bill would have removed sex assault prosecutions from the military chain of command.

Stimson wrote a critical column dubbing the legislation the “Military Justice Destruction Act.”

The senator was “pushing her radical scheme that, if enacted, would render the military justice system unworkable and ineffective,” he wrote in June 2016 for the conservative think tank’s Daily Signal, just days before the Senate declined to vote on Gillibrand’s bill.

A similar 2015 blog by Stimson argued Gillibrand’s bill could hurt victims amid the senator’s earlier attempts at passage. Stimson authored a 2013 Heritage policy paper that laid out an argument against removing commanders from decisions on prosecuting assaults.'

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