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Chuck Grassley aide resigns after sexual harassment allegation

Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein talking to their aides in a briefing room.
Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein talk to their aides. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

Garrett Ventry, a press adviser for the Senate Judiciary Committee, resigned Saturday after NBC News confronted him with questions about a previous allegation of sexual harassment.

The big picture: Ventry, who denied any past "allegations of misconduct" to NBC News, was a communications aide to Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and had been a coordinator for the committee's messaging involving Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982.

  • Judiciary Committee Spokesman Taylor Foy told NBC News in a statement: "While (Ventry) strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee."
  • CRC Public Relations, the firm where Ventry had been on a temporary leave of absence while working for the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement: “Garrett was on a leave of absence from the company and as of this morning we have accepted his resignation."

The bottom line: "Republicans familiar with the situation had been concerned that Ventry, because of his history, could not lead an effective communications response," reports NBC News.