Ryan raised money with a lawyer who wanted small payments for victims of abuse

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who is running for the Senate this year, left Buckeye State for a series of fundraisers with Hollywood millionaires, which reportedly included one with a lawyer who worked to minimize financial damages against victims of sexual abuse.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, one of the fundraisers Ryan attended to raise money for an election thousands of miles away was with high-powered Los Angeles-based trial attorney Mitchell Kamin.

Kamin previously represented the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the report notes. In 2020, the committee tried to avoid paying damages to the victims of Larry Nassar, the former doctor for the United States women’s national gymnastics team, convicted of systematically sexually abusing women and girls in 2017.

Eventually, Nassar’s victims sued the committee for failing to notify authorities after learning of the doctor’s disputes. Court documents showed committee officials had known about the sexual abuse allegations against Nassar for years. Yet they ultimately did nothing before the victims spoke out.

The Free Beacon detailed what happened with Nassar:

Nassar’s victims sued the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for knowing about Nassar’s conduct but failing to report it to authorities. Senior US Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials knew about the sexual abuse allegations against Nassar for a year before his victims came forward publicly, according to court documents, but refused to remove him from the organization.

In the legal arguments presented by Kamin, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee had no legal responsibility to disclose this fact to authorities. This would mean the organization would not have to pay a single penny to Nassar’s victims, which include girls as young as 15. Despite the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s knowledge of Nassar’s abuse, Nassar continued to treat young athletes in Michigan State for a year.

“The reason these cases exist in the first place is because these institutions, including the [U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee]– operated under a veil of secrecy and lack of transparency that allowed the sexual assaults to spread,” lawyers for the victims said in a statement during the trial. “It seems that the [U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee] learned nothing, hopes to change nothing and asks for a court pass in exchange for several press releases containing platitudes but no substantive change.

Democrats have struggled to organize fundraisers with wealthy lawyers who have represented controversial clients, as the Free Beacon noted, such as when failed 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg had to cancel a event in 2019 with the one who fought for the authorities not to publish videos of police murder. an underage black man.

Interestingly enough, while Ryan was in California raising money for his campaign, he told the House Clerk that he had to vote by proxy due to the “ongoing public health emergency,” even though he is clearly not worried about the Chinese coronavirus. Similarly, Cindy Axne (D-IA) from Iowa just received an ethics complaint for claiming the same thing in her letter when she admitted to being on a “planned” vacation.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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