Obama Official Tries To Intimidate Lawmaker Seeking Female Ranger Records

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A group of female West Point graduates have filed to uncover the records of Rep. Steve Russell, an Oklahoma Republican, who just recently asked the Army to produce Ranger School test results of female candidates in order to determine whether there was any special treatment.

But what’s also of note is that the female West Point grad leading the charge, Sue Fulton, was also appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the West Point Board of Visitors in 2011. The board is responsible for reviewing academic, physical and military programs at West Point. Fulton has long had a reputation for aggressive gay activism in the military. In fact, upon appointment, she became the first ever openly gay person to serve on the board. She took over as a chairwoman in 2015.

Fulton was also a founding board member of Knights Out, which is an organization of alumni, staff and faculty from West Point, who support LGBT rights. She also was a founding board member of OutServe-SLDN, a group comprised of people who self-identify as LGBT and actively serve in the military.

“He like too many older men have biases about what women are capable of,” Fulton said, according to a Stars and Stripes report. “Ranger instructors and their leaders are known for their integrity but somehow when women pass the standard that integrity is no longer respected.”

Russell, a Ranger graduate, who served 21 years in the Army after receiving his Ranger tab in the mid-1980s, recently decided to take action amidst the controversy of female integration into combat roles and request records from the Army.

“No one wanted to touch this issue,” Russell wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday. “As one of only two Ranger-qualified members of the House, I asked for the records to determine the nature of the allegations.”

Detractors say one thing, and the Army says another, namely that females emphatically were not given special treatment, but Russell wanted to see for himself whether there’s any truth to the allegations that women received special treatment during the course. (RELATED: Congressman: Did Women Get Special Treatment At Ranger School?)

Russell will have a chance to look at the records sometime next week.

This group of female West Point grads, led by Fulton, didn’t take too kindly to his request, which they figured was an insinuation that Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver received special help from officials.

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