Grassley Adviser Quits Over Old Allegation

And other sex-harassment news around the dial, mostly about Kavanaugh
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2018 4:10 PM CDT
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Until Friday, Garrett Ventry was helping senators respond to sexual-assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh—but now he has resigned after an old allegation against him came to light, NBC News reports. According to insiders, the communications adviser was fired from a 2017 job working for North Carolina House Majority Leader John Bell for two reasons: embellishing his resume and facing a sex-harassment allegation from a female employee. But Ventry denied any past misconduct when he resigned Friday as adviser to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley. Which brings us to Grassley, and a handful of related quotes:

  • The Iowa Republican wrote an oddly personal tweet to Kavanaugh Friday night, announcing the extension of Christine Ford's deadline to decide on testifying. "I want to hear her. I hope u understand," the senator writes. "It's not my normal approach to b[e] indecisive."

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