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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
Grassley Advisor Quits Over Old Allegation
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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  • "If you really understand the big picture of what's going on, then what's going on with Kavanaugh will make perfectly good sense to you," said Ben Carson at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday, per CNN. "There have been people in this country for a very long time, going all the way back to the Fabians, people who've wanted to fundamentally change this country." Carson was referring to a 19-century socialist group called the Fabian Society; its one US chapter, founded in 1895, is no longer active, notes CNBC.
  • A North Dakota GOP Senate nominee says the Kavanaugh accusation is "even more absurd" than Anita Hill's because Kavanaugh and Ford were drunken teenagers during the alleged assault, CNN reports. "If to the degree there was any legitimacy to Anita Hill's claims, and she tried and didn't prevail—Clarence Thomas did and America did—this case is even more absurd because these people were teenagers when this supposed alleged incident took place," says Kevin Cramer on 1310 KNOX. He later says "nothing evidently happened in it all, even by her own accusation."
  • "Ford has been criticized for the things she doesn't remember, like the address where she says the assault happened, or the time of year, or whose house it was," writes President Reagan's daughter Patti Davis in a Washington Post op-ed. "That's what happens: Your memory snaps photos of the details that will haunt you forever, that will change your life and live under your skin. It blacks out other parts of the story that really don't matter much."
  • Sen. Susan Collins says she's "appalled" by a President Trump tweet about Kavanaugh's accuser, CNN reports. From Trump's Friday tweet: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents." Collins retorts: "...We know that allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist, so I thought that the President's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong."
(Read more sexual assault stories.)

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