WASHINGTON — The secretary of the Army said Tuesday he will have the final say on whether a disgraced brigadier general at the center of a sexual misconduct case retires at a lower rank with sharply reduced retirement pay.
Facing outraged House Democrats, John McHugh said the case of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair remains open a week after he was spared prison and sentenced to a reprimand and a $20,000 fine.
"The process is still ongoing. I have to make final certifications about rank and retirement," McHugh told the Armed Services Committee.
McHugh could bust Sinclair down to a lower rank which would mean a significantly reduced pension.