“Several individuals told investigators that Mayor Garcetti was aware of this behavior, and based on the reported frequency and conspicuous nature of the conduct, it is more likely than not that Mayor Garcetti either had personal knowledge of the sexual harassment or should have been aware of it,” the report said.
Garcetti won the ambassadorship nod after serving as a prominent Biden surrogate during the 2020 campaign. The mayor initially appeared to be on a glide path to confirmation despite swirling questions about Jacobs, enjoying a largely laudatory initial Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
But Grassley placed a hold on the nomination after hearing from whistleblowers. Former Garcetti communications director Naomi Seligman has urged Senate officials to further vet claims that Garcetti was aware of Jacobs’ alleged misconduct.
Both Garcetti and the White House pushed back on the report, with Garcetti representative Dae Levine saying in a statement that it was “based solely on false, repackaged allegations that have been proven false by multiple unbiased investigations and reviews.” A Biden representative noted the mayor had said under oath he never witnessed misconduct, rejecting Grassley’s report as a “partisan hit job” whose underlying claims had been largely “debunked” and reiterating Biden’s confidence in Garcetti.
“The President has confidence in Mayor Garcetti and believes he will be an excellent representative in India at a critical moment and calls for the Senate to swiftly confirm him,” spokesperson Chris Meagher said in a statement.