The man tasked with helping lead the Senate Judiciary Committee’s response to the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh resigned on Saturday after the revelation that he had been fired from his last political job in part due to an accusation of sexual harassment.
> Garrett Ventry, 29, who served as a communications aide to the committee chaired by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, had been helping coordinate the majority party's messaging in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a high school party. In a response to NBC News, Ventry denied any past "allegations of misconduct."
> After NBC News raised questions about Ventry's employment history and the sexual harassment allegation against him, Judiciary Committee Spokesman Taylor Foy replied in a statement: "While (Ventry) strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee."
In addition, Ventry resigned from the public relations firm from which he was on leave to assist the Judiciary Committee, NBC News reported.
The sexual harassment allegation stemmed from Ventry’s short time with the office of North Carolina House Majority Leader John Bell in 2017.
> “Mr. Ventry did work in my office and he’s no longer there, he moved on,” Bell told NBC News. He refused to discuss the precise nature of the firing.
> Sources familiar with the situation said Ventry was let go from Bell’s office after parts of his résumé were found to have been embellished, and because he faced an accusation of sexual harassment from a female employee of the North Carolina General Assembly's Republican staff.
> “It caused a lot of staff drama. It was the chatter of the staff," the source told NBC News. "The whole thing got turned into a he said, she said, and then Garrett was fired.”
Ventry would not discuss the allegation with NBC News:
> Ventry did not answer questions about the circumstances of his departure but said, "I deny allegations of misconduct." He also forwarded a letter of resignation he said he sent to Bell, giving two weeks notice. "Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the staff of the North Carolina House Majority leader at the North Carolina General Assembly," it read.
The woman Ventry allegedly harassed did not respond to NBC News' request for comment.