FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2023
Radim Dragomaca, [email protected]
Whistleblower Aid Denounces Reported Plans to Renominate Eric Garcetti as Ambassador to India
Renomination of flawed candidate unable to win Senate confirmation is a disservice to US-India relationship and victims of sexual harassment.
Washington, D.C., January 3, 2023 – In the wake of reports that the Biden administration is renominating Eric Garcetti as U.S. ambassador to India, despite his failure over almost eighteen months to secure Senate confirmation, Whistleblower Aid CEO Libby Liu issued the following statement:
“Renominating Eric Garcetti does a grave disservice to victims and survivors of workplace sexual harassment who have documented how, as mayor of Los Angeles, he enabled persistent abuse by his top aide and then lied about it under oath during his Senate confirmation hearing. It is past time for the Biden administration to nominate a new, qualified nominee who can fill a critical lapse in leadership at the embassy in New Delhi without compromising our country’s core values.
We cannot turn a blind eye to Garcetti’s unethical behavior, to his failure to protect staff and others from harassment in and around LA City Hall, or to the fact that he has perjured himself when discussing the matter under oath. We urge the administration to live up to the values of the Speak Out Act, which President Biden signed into law just last month, and swiftly put forward a different nominee.”
Whistleblower Aid is a non-profit legal organization in Washington, D.C. supporting individuals who lawfully report government and corporate law breaking. It provides assistance to individuals in the United States and abroad seeking to disclose illegal conduct, including misconduct relating to government officials, securities fraud, sexual violence, and violations of tax, labor or environmental laws. In recent years Whistleblower Aid lawyers have represented Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen and the Ukraine whistleblower whose disclosures led to the first impeachment of President Trump.