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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) replaced her chief of staff on Tuesday two weeks after one of her longtime top aides resigned after a California newspaper inquired about a $400,000 harassment lawsuit against him.
Harris announced that Rohini Kosoglu, her deputy chief of staff, will replace Nathan Barankin, whom Harris once lauded as her “right hand” and who was her top deputy in the California attorney general’s office.
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Larry Wallace, the longtime Harris aide who has known her for 14 years, resigned on December 5 after the Sacramento Bee inquired about a “gender harassment” lawsuit against him. According to reports, Wallace “worked for Harris going back to her days as district attorney in San Francisco” and “then served as director of the Division of Law Enforcement at the California Justice Department under Harris” in 2016. Harris then hired Wallace to be a senior adviser in her Sacramento Senate office.
According to the Bee, Danielle Hartley filed the “gender harassment” lawsuit in December 2016 accusing Wallace of forcing her to crawl on her hands and knees under his desk to change Wallace’s printer’s ink and paper.
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Wallace reportedly also ordered Hartley to crawl under his desk in front of male colleagues and Hartley, in her lawsuit, accused the department of retaliating against her and denying her a deserved promotion after she complained about Wallace’s harassment to her supervisor. The lawsuit was eventually settled in May 2017.
Though Harris has said she did not know about Wallace’s misconduct, the Bee reported that Harris’s office knew about the claims months before she left the attorney general’s office to go to the U.S. Senate. The Bee even blasted Harris’s “far-fetched” claim that she had no idea about the harassment lawsuit.
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