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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Washington, D.C., on December 6, 2017. (REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Washington, D.C., on December 6, 2017. (REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)

Departure

Kirsten Gillibrand aide stepping down after criticism of her handling of sexual harassment claims

By WITW Staff on March 21, 2019

New York Senator and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand’s long-time deputy chief of staff Anne Bradley will step down from her position next month, sources have told Politico.

Bradley had faced criticism over her handling of an investigation into allegations that Gillibrand’s longtime driver, Abbas Malik, harassed a young female staffer over whom he was given a supervisory role. Malik was stripped of an expected promotion and had his desk moved away from the staffer’s. In her resignation letter, the woman said that she initially “felt satisfied there had been a fair process,” but that after that, tense interactions with Bradley and Gillibrand’s former chief of staff, Jess Fassler, compelled her to depart.

The woman said that when she asked Bradley and Fassler why they hadn’t fired Malik, Fassler shot back, “You could also be fired at any minute, for any reason.” When the woman came forward again to allege that Malik was engaging in retaliatory behavior against her, Bradley accidentally sent her an email intended for Fassler.

“I get the impression she is trying to divide and concur [sic]. After today, neither of us should meet with her alone,” wrote Bradley.

Last week, CNN reported that Bradley had been stripped of her responsibilities overseeing investigations and personnel cases. According to sources who spoke with Politico, Bradley is now expected to leave her office next month instead of waiting until later this year to retire as previously planned.

Read the full story at Politico.

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