Re­port faults top Pen­tagon aide’s be­hav­ior over­seas

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash Carter’s for­mer se­nior mil­i­tary aide used his govern­ment credit card at strip clubs or gen­tle­men’s clubs in Rome and Seoul, drank in ex­cess and had “im­proper in­ter­ac­tions” with women dur­ing busi­ness travel with Carter, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased Thurs­day by the De­fense Depart­ment in­spec­tor gen­eral.

The 50-page re­port de­scribes in de­tail two strip clubs or show clubs where the aide, Maj. Gen. Ron Lewis, spent more than $1,000 on cham­pagne and drinks. It in­cludes con­flict­ing state­ments that Lewis made to in­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­plain­ing the out­ings, and on several oc­ca­sions quotes his ac­knowl­edge­ment that he was drunk or drank to “more than mod­er­a­tion.”

Lewis, whom Carter fired nearly a year ago, sub­mit­ted a writ­ten re­but­tal slam­ming the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, say­ing the IG as­sem­bled an in­ac­cu­rate and in­flam­ma­tory case based on in­nu­endo.

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