Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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Senior U.S. lawmakers Tuesday blasted the leader of the Marine Corps over a "repugnant" scandal involving the nonconsensual posting of nude photos of women Marines online.General Robert Neller, the Marine Corps's commandant, faced withering criticism from the Senate Armed Services Committee over his handling of the case that saw pictures of female Marines in various stages of undress shared via a secret Facebook group called "Marines United".Of all the services, however, the Marines have been most resistant to accepting women in combat roles.Membership in the "Marines United" group was restricted to current and former Marines, but it had as many as 30,000 members before it was taken down.Because the Marine Corps is part of the Navy Department, the scandal is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
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