Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker said Tuesday he does not support a measure to remove the chain of command from military sexual assault cases.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) gained momentum last night with the support of Republican Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Ted Cruz, who backed the bill in committee.
“I think you have support on both sides of the aisle on my position that we need to come down heavy and hard on sexual assault, on sexual harassment, but we don’t need to take the commanders out of that decision when it involves the military,” Wicker said. “We can do a lot better, but to take the commanders out and the chain of command is not a step that we need to take. It would be unnecessary to resolve the problem and would be harmful, I think, to good order and discipline in the military.”
Wicker served in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve before retiring in 2004 with the rank of lieutenant colonel, according to his Senate website. Several top military leaders, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, oppose