Biden Nominee Clears Senate Hurdle Despite Sex Harassment Scandal

Biden Nominee Clears Senate Hurdle Despite Sex Harassment Scandal

The Democrat-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced the nomination of embattled former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be U.S. Ambassador to India — with the support of two Senate Republicans — amid allegations his office covered up sexual assault and harassment.

Garcetti, who welcomed the nomination from President Joe Biden in 2021, has been accused of turning a blind eye when a Los Angeles police officer was allegedly sexually harassed by a former top aide to the mayor. The former Los Angeles mayor denied the allegations, saying he did not witness any inappropriate behavior.

The issue has left an unprecedented two-year vacancy in New Delhi, which has left Republicans and some Democrats uncertain about supporting Garcetti because of his alleged past actions.

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Despite the accusations against Garcetti,

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