The administration needs to realize that it can't avoid this issue even if it wants to and it's not useful to try to finesse it or kick the issue down the road. There are simply too many lies under the bridge --- it's impossible to take the government at its word. If sexual assaults beyond those which we already know about and saw evidence of (and which were prosecuted) happened,then it will come out. The only question is whether it will be a drip, drip,drip of toxic revelations and speculations that will continue to poison this country and its relationship to the world or whether it will be an official,transparent accounting of what happened. Either way, there's no running away from it.
They aren't running away from it, they are presenting an alternative official accounting so people can choose whom to believe. It's muddying the waters so they can continue to believe that American don't torture and rape. We do and we always have. And we won't stop until we admit it.