An aide to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley resigned Friday night after NBC News learned he had been accused of sexual harassment at a previous job, according to media reports.
Garrett Ventry served as a communications adviser to Grassley, helping the Senate Judiciary Committee with the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has himself been accused of sexual assault.
Ventry did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. A spokesman for Grassley did not respond immediately to emailed questions.
NBC News and The Washington Post reported that Ventry denied the sexual harassment allegation but resigned from the committee so as not to distract from the GOP push for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“Garrett was one of several temporary staff brought on to assist in the committee’s consideration of the Supreme Court nomination, a team that has done outstanding work,” a committee spokesman told the Washington Post on Saturday. “While he strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Deirdre Shesgreen