Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) requested that the ambassador bid of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti be behind schedule till there may be an investigation over his wisdom of sexual harassment allegations towards a former consultant.
In a letter got and made public by way of Politico, Grassley knowledgeable Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell that he could be objecting the nomination of Garcetti as Ambassador to India, pronouncing he had gained “a large number of credible allegations from a couple of whistleblowers” claiming that Garcetti was once acutely aware of misconduct inside L.A. Town Corridor.
“The allegations involving the mayor’s workplace were the topic of public reporting and a purportedly unbiased investigation. Alternatively, severe questions stay in regards to the alleged misconduct, in addition to the mayor’s wisdom of that misconduct,” Grassley stated within the letter despatched on March 10. “The investigation of the Los Angeles mayor’s workplace reportedly discovered no wrongdoing by way of the mayor or his group of workers. Alternatively, data equipped by way of a couple of whistleblowers strongly means that this investigation was once incomplete at very best.”
Garcetti spoke back questions at the senate flooring on Dec. 14, 2021, with the senate committee asking about allegations that Garcetti was once acutely aware of sexual harassment happening inside Los Angeles Town Corridor.
“Merely stated… harassment and discrimination don’t have any position within the office, no position in our society and I’ve 0 tolerance for that,” Garcetti stated. “With reference to this particular case, I need to say unequivocally that I by no means witnessed, nor was once it delivered to my consideration, the habits that’s been alleged. I additionally need to guarantee you that if it were, I’d have in an instant taken motion to forestall that.”
The allegations got here towards Garcetti’s former consultant Rick Jacobs who was once accused of beside the point touching by way of a number of males in 2020, in keeping with a record by way of the L.A. Occasions.
Garcetti lower ties with Jacobs, however continues to be accused of figuring out what were taking place.
The White Area launched a observation of strengthen for Garcetti, pronouncing President Joe Biden has “self assurance” in him.
“Mayor Garcetti has been transparent that he’s taking any allegations of harassment very severely and has made transparent this kind of misconduct is unacceptable in his workplace in any shape,” the White Area stated in a observation. “He has additionally stated that he by no means witnessed this habits nor was once informed about it previous to the litigation. The president has self assurance in Mayor Garcetti and believes he’ll be a very good consultant in India.”
Grassley stated he and his group of workers could be carrying out an investigation into the Garcetti allegations and would now not vote to verify the mayor till the investigation is whole.