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Carter says he's investigating accuracy of sex crimes cases

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he's investigating whether his department misled Congress in order to derail a bill changing how the military handles sexual misconduct allegations.

Carter told lawmakers Thursday he's looking into how summaries of dozens of sexual assault cases were prepared. An Associated Press investigation found inaccuracies and omissions in the summaries.

The case summaries buttressed the Pentagon's position that stripping commanders of their power to decide which crimes go to trial -- as the legislation proposes -- will mean fewer victims will get justice because there will be fewer prosecutions.

Carter says he's directed his staff to look into the summaries. He says it's important the Pentagon gets it right.

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