“Several people told investigators that Mayor Garcetti was aware of this behavior, and based on the reported frequency and overt nature of the conduct, it is more likely than not that Mayor Garcetti had personal knowledge. sexual harassment or should have known about it,” the report said.
Garcetti won the ambassadorship after serving as one of Biden’s top surrogates during the 2020 campaign. The mayor initially appeared to be on the right path to confirmation despite swirling questions about Jacobs, taking advantage of a a largely laudatory first hearing from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
But Grassley suspended the nomination after hearing from whistleblowers. Garcetti’s former communications director, Naomi Seligman, urged Senate officials to further verify claims that Garcetti was aware of Jacobs’ alleged misconduct.
A representative for Garcetti did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for Biden noted that the mayor testified under oath that he never witnessed any misconduct, dismissing Grassley’s report as a ‘partisan blockbuster’ whose underlying claims had been largely ‘debunked. and reiterating Biden’s faith in Garcetti.
“The President has confidence in Mayor Garcetti and believes he will be an excellent representative in India at a critical time and calls on the Senate to confirm this quickly,” spokesman Chris Meagher said in a statement.