Top Admiral Fired for Lying to DoD Probe

Navy cans him for misleading inquiry into improper relationship
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2008 9:37 AM CDT
Rear Admiral John D. Stufflebeem giving a briefing at the Pentagon. Stufflebeem was dismissed for misleading a Department of Defense investigation.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The Navy has fired a vice admiral for giving the Department of Defense "false and misleading information" during an investigation, reports the Navy Times. John Stufflebeem, the director of the Navy staff, lied to an inquiry into an alleged inappropriate relationship while serving as a military adviser to former President Bush in 1990, reports the Navy Times.

The Navy emphasized that Stufflebeem was being dismissed not for the relationship, details of which have not been made public, but for misleading the Defense Department. Stufflebeem weathered a similar allegation in 1999, but the Navy found insufficient evidence. The vice admiral received attention in late 2001, when he acted as a Pentagon spokesman during the first months of the war in Afghanistan.