Grassley informed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a letter obtained by Politico that he would be objecting to Garcetti’s nomination as Ambassador to India, claiming that he had received “numerous credible allegations from multiple whistleblowers” alleging that Garcetti was aware of misconduct within L.A. City Hall. “The claims against the mayor’s administration have been the subject of public scrutiny and an ostensibly impartial investigation.” “However, major questions remain about the alleged misbehavior, as well as the mayor’s knowledge of the malfeasance,” Grassley wrote in his March 10 letter. “An inquiry into the Los Angeles mayor’s office found no evidence of misconduct by the mayor or his staff, according to reports. Multiple whistleblowers’ information, on the other hand, strongly shows that this investigation was at best incomplete.”
On Dec. 14, 2021, Garcetti was questioned on the Senate floor by a senate committee regarding charges that he was aware of sexual harassment within the Los Angeles City Hall. “Simply said… harassment and discrimination have no place in the workplace, no place in our society, and I have zero tolerance for it,” stated Garcetti. “In this particular example, I want to state absolutely that I neither witnessed nor was it brought to my attention, the claimed behavior.” I also want to assure you that if that had been the case, I would have taken quick steps to prevent it.” According to the Los Angeles Times, the charges were made against Garcetti’s former advisor Rick Jacobs, who was accused of inappropriate touching by many men in 2020.
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Garcetti severed his contacts with Jacobs, but he is still accused of knowing what was going on. President Joe Biden has “trust” in Garcetti, according to a statement provided by the White House. The White House said in a statement that “Mayor Garcetti has been clear that he takes any complaints of harassment extremely seriously and has made clear that this type of misconduct is unacceptable in his administration in any form.” “He has also stated that he neither seen nor was informed of this activity prior to the case.” Mayor Garcetti has the president’s trust and feels he would be an effective advocate in India.”
Grassley stated that he and his staff would investigate the charges against Garcetti and that he would not vote to confirm him until the investigation was completed.