Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst denies allegation of affair with soldier


    Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa questions a witness on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, during the committee's hearing to examine the implementation of the decision to open all ground combat units to women. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst is denying allegations leveled by her ex-husband that she had an affair with a subordinate while she served in the military.

    Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) spoke to KHQA from Capitol Hill on June 29, 2016. (SBG)

    The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Republican answered questions Wednesday from reporters about that and other allegations at a town hall event on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls.

    In the court documents, Ernst's ex-husband, Gail Ernst, accused her of having an affair with one of her soldiers while she was deployed as a company commander. She said Wednesday when questioned that she cares "about all of my soldiers" that the allegation was not true.

    Ernst also accused her ex-husband in divorce documents of having an affair and physically assaulting her during an argument before she was elected to the Senate.

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