A communications adviser working for the Republican majority on Senate Judiciary Committee’s nomination of Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh has resigned in the wake of a previous sexual harassment allegation that was uncovered, NBC News reported Saturday.
CRC told NBC News that Ventry “was on a leave of absence from the company and as of this morning we have accepted his resignation.”
Ventry resignation comes as Kavanaugh, 53, pushes back against an allegation of sexual assault lodged by California professor Christine Blasey Ford, 51, that she claims occurred when they were both teenagers.
Grassley’s office has been locked in a standoff with Ford’s lawyers over the scheduling and conditions of a possible hearing about Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh.
Ford, in a letter requesting anonymity that was obtained by the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein in late July, alleged that an intoxicated Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed, covered her mouth with his hand and tried to take her clothes off during a gathering in the 1980s.
Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second pick nominee to sit on the bench of the high court, categorically denies the allegation and has vowed to testify under oath next week.