White House hosts lawmakers to discuss sexual assault in the military

Olivier Knox

One of President Barack Obama's most trusted aides, Valerie Jarrett, hosted a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers on Thursday to discuss ways to combat sexual assault in the military, the White House said, emphasizing that such crimes "will not be tolerated."

"The group discussed various legislative proposals as well as actions that the administration could take to hold offenders accountable, improve the reporting process, support victims and work towards the prevention of sexual assault," an Obama aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yahoo News.

The meeting included Republican and Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and House of Representatives.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of the participants, took to Twitter to hail the effort.

Below is the list of attendees as provided by the White House:

Tina Tchen, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls

Liz Sherwood-Randall, White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, National Security Staff

Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President

Miguel Rodriguez Director, Office of Legislative Affairs

Lynn Rosenthal White House Advisor on Violence Against Women

Senator Kelly Ayotte

Senator Susan Collins

Senator Deb Fischer

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kay Hagan

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Claire McCaskill

Senator Patty Murray

Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Representative Susan Davis

Representative Chellie Pingree

Representative Tim Ryan

Representative Jackie Speier

Representative Niki Tsongas

Representative Michael Turner

Representative Jackie Walorski