Eric Garcetti's India envoy bid in trouble after US Senator's probe links him to sexual misconduct
- The probe said Garcetti "likely knew or should have known" about the sexual misconduct
- Biden nominated Garcetti for India ambassadorship in 2021
- Senator Grassley said there were "numerous credible allegations" against Garcetti
Eric Garcetti's pending nomination for India's ambassadorship may have found new challenges on Tuesday after a US Senator's probe linked him to sexual harassment allegations. Garcetti was nominated by President Joe Biden last year to be the American envoy to India.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said that Garcetti, who is currently the mayor of Los Angeles, "likely knew or should have known" that his top aide was allegedly sexually harassing city employees.
"This partisan report was a hit job from the beginning, and many of the claims have already been conclusively debunked by more serious independent reports," a spokesperson for Senator Grassley said.
The statement added, "It repackages allegations already addressed under oath and does not interview key participants", according to Associated Press.
Garcetti, 51, testified about the matter at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing late last year and said he never witnessed his former advisor Rick Jacobs sexually harass anyone. Jacobs has been accused of sexually harassing one of Garcetti's bodyguards.
Garcetti's confirmation vote in the United States Senate has been delayed for more than a year now with the sexual harassment allegations. The Los Angeles mayor has faced questions about what he knew, and when, regarding the allegations against Jacobs.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month that President Joe Biden was still confident that Garcetti would be confirmed as the American envoy to India.
Senator Grassley unveiled the probe in March, saying he had received “numerous credible allegations” that Garcetti was aware of the sexual harassment but did nothing to stop it, according to Associated Press.
At the time, he said he could not vote to confirm Garcetti, saying the nation deserved an ambassador who will "represent the values of the United States."