A bombshell sexual misconduct scandal is turning the Democrat Presidential field upside down.
Everyone thought this one Democrat would be a major player when she jumped into the race.
But the ghosts of one scandal from the past just destroyed this Trump challenger.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a left-wing firebrand, paying special attention to the so-called #MeToo movement and its crusade against sexual harassment.
Recently, she launched her 2020 campaign for President with a kickoff speech outside Trump Hotel in New York City, in part to highlight President Trump’s alleged bad treatment of women.
But there is a damaging sexual harassment secret from her not-too-distant past that Senator Gillibrand doesn’t want you to know about.
According to a recent report in Politico:
“Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s longtime deputy chief of staff, Anne Bradley, is leaving her Senate office next month, according to a person familiar with her plans.
Bradley has been with Gillibrand since 2007 and had been planning to retire later this year. She moved up her departure after POLITICO detailed an internal sexual harassment investigation Bradley helped lead in 2018, which ended with a young female staffer resigning in protest over how Gillibrand’s office handled the incident and the post-investigation fallout.”
This problem for Gillibrand stems from a 2018 accusation of sexual harassment by a former Gillibrand Senate staffer.
The employee accused senior staffer Abbas Malik of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances. He was not fired, despite proof that he had intimidated and made further derogatory comments against his accuser.
Senator Gillibrand, who first claimed she had no regrets about how the episode was handled by her staff, later admitted there were some errors.
The sexual harassment investigation had been handled by deputy chief of staff Anne Bradley, as well as Gillibrand’s top lawyer, Keith Castaldo, and her former chief of staff Jess Fassler.
The accuser was informed Malik would not be fired since it was too much of a “he said/she said” situation and was reminded she could be fired “at any minute, for any reason”.
Shockingly, despite the well-documented problems with the handling of this case, Fassler now serves as campaign manager of Gillibrand’s Presidential campaign.
But this story runs even deeper.
In addition to the accuser mentioned above, it has now been reported that there are at least two more women from Gillibrand’s office who have made similar complaints against Malik—-and who can confirm the first accusers story.
Yet during the entire investigation, none of these other women were even contacted by Gillibrand’s office.
As this information hit and more damning facts came out during a POLITICO interview with multiple witnesses, including one of these other two accusers, Gillibrand finally fired Malik.
The first accuser, who resigned from Gillibrand’s Senate office in protest, has put the blame squarely on Gillibrand, saying, “She kept a harasser on her staff until it proved politically untenable for her to do so”.
We will keep you updated on this story and the Gillibrand campaign.