Gillibrand on corroboration

Less than three weeks after reporting the alleged harassment and subsequently claiming that the man retaliated against her for doing so, the woman told chief of staff Jess Fassler that she was resigning because of the office’s handling of the matter.”

Gillibrand’s office defended her inaction, saying in a statement that the senator’s office had conducted a full and thorough investigation” that included multiple interviews with relevant current employees who could potentially corroborate the claims” but did not find cause to fire the male staffer.

They could not corroborate” her claims? Gillibrand was willing to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s career, and derail his Supreme Court nomination, over uncorroborated allegations, but when a female employee alleged that she was sexually harassed by one of Gillibrand’s closest aides, the senator hid behind a supposed lack of corroboration. Why was her office unable to corroborate the allegations? Maybe it’s because they never contacted two former employees the woman said could corroborate her story?

Marc A. Thiessen

March 13, 2019

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