Senate panel schedules open hearing on Marines' nude-photo scandal

Senate panel schedules open hearing on Marines' nude-photo scandal

The Senate Armed Services Committee plans to have an open hearing next week on the nude-photo-sharing scandal rocking the Marine Corps with testimony from the commandant of the service.

The committee will hear from Gen. Robert Neller at 10 a.m. Tuesday followed by a closed-door briefing, the committee announced Thursday.

The War Horse, a nonprofit military news organization, reported over the weekend that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating hundreds of Marines accused of sharing photos of nude female Marines and veterans, as well as their personal information, in a private Facebook group. The Facebook group, called "Marines United," had nearly 30,000 followers.

Some photos were allegedly taken and posted without the women’s knowledge or were meant to remain private. Comments on the page reportedly included rape threats.

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In addition to outrage over the photo sharing, some lawmakers have criticized the Marines for not responding to the scandal forcefully enough.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that “heads should roll” over the scandal.

Late Wednesday, Senate Armed Services Committee member Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandO'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall Gillibrand 'very unhappy' with 'Game of Thrones' finale Gillibrand endorses DC statehood: Democracy doesn't mean 'for some of us' MORE (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to the leaders of the committee asking for a hearing on the issue.

“This unacceptable behavior spotlights a culture of disrespect for female service members that undermines good order and discipline in the military and weakens military readiness,” she wrote in the letter to Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) and Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedTrump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran Let's stop treating student borrowers like second-class citizens HUD chief Carson broke law with unauthorized purchases, GAO says MORE (D-R.I.).

The sergeant major of the Marines said Wednesday the service has been careful about how it responds publicly to avoid the appearance of unlawful command influence, citing a judge’s rebuke of a former commandant on the issue. 

Neller’s appearance in the Senate is set to come before a previously announced closed briefing to the House Armed Services Committee later next week.