ProPublica journalist Justin Elliott reported that the Trump Administration has hired yet another appointee that has been involved in sexual assault, this one far more personally than Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, who struck the plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein for assaulting underage women, a crime for which the President has previously been accused. Now, Steven Munoz who is alleged to have groped male students at The Citadel military college, going as far as allegedly forcibly sneaking into bed with the male students, is being brought into the State Department to coordinate State visits by foreign leaders. – Ann
As an upperclassman at The Citadel military college several years ago, Steven Munoz allegedly assaulted five freshmen. His hiring at the State Department raises further questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process.
A political appointee hired by the Trump administration for a significant State Department role was accused of multiple sexual assaults as a student several years ago at The Citadel military college.
Steven Munoz was hired by the Trump administration as assistant chief of visits, running an office of up to 10 staffers charged with the sensitive work of organizing visits of foreign heads of state to the U.S. That includes arranging meetings with the president.
At The Citadel, five male freshmen alleged that Munoz used his positions as an upperclassman, class president and head of the campus Republican Society to grope them. In one incident, a student reported waking up with Munoz on top of him, kissing him and grabbing his genitals. In another, on a trip to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., a student said that Munoz jumped on him in bed and he “felt jerking and bouncing on my back.”
An investigation by The Citadel later found that “certain assaults likely occurred.” A local prosecutor reviewed the case and declined to seek an indictment.
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