Critics Are Scrutinizing Kamala Harris’s Record for the First Time, & It’s Not Going Well for Her | NTK Network Critics Are Scrutinizing Kamala Harris’s Record for the First Time, & It’s Not Going Well for Her

Critics Are Scrutinizing Kamala Harris’s Record for the First Time, & It’s Not Going Well for Her

She’s officially running president, and for the first time in her career, she’s receiving intense national scrutiny. What some are finding could be problematic for her 2020 chances.

By NTK Staff | 01.22.2019 @11:15am
Critics Are Scrutinizing Kamala Harris’s Record for the First Time, & It’s Not Going Well for Her

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) made it official on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday: she’s running for president. It was perhaps one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington – Harris just released a new book touting her career as a “progressive prosecutor,” coupled with a promotional media tour, and her team was actively shopping for a campaign headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.

But now that she’s officially in the race, her critics are speaking out about her numerous missteps as a prosecutor, and the national media is beginning to scrutinize her time as California’s attorney general and as district attorney of San Francisco. In just a few short days, those critics and reporters have found a boatload of controversies that Harris will be forced to address.

That process began formally on Monday, when Harris hosted a press conference at her Washington, D.C. alma mater, Howard University.

Last week, a University of San Francisco law professor penned a New York Times op-ed that highlighted numerous instances of Harris lacking proper judgment. “Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors,” the professor wrote last week.

Harris deflected most of that criticism Monday, claiming her hands were tied in certain circumstances and blaming staff in others:

“I can tell you of the cases where I really regret that we were not able to charge somebody that molested a child but the evidence wasn’t there. There are cases … where there were folks who made a decision in my office who did not consult with me and I wish they had. But again, I take full responsibility for those decisions,” Harris said at Howard University, her alma mater.

Harris has also drawn criticism for her handling of a sexual harassment claim in her office. Longtime aide Larry Wallace settled a $400,000 sexual harassment case while employed by Harris, but she claimed to have no knowledge of the incident or settlement. Harris told CNN’s Jake Tapper that it’s difficult to know everything that goes on in an office of 5,000 people.

In a bit of bad timing for Harris, she praises Wallace’s “leadership” in her new book, “The Truths We Hold,” which hit bookstores earlier this month.

Expect this type of intense scrutiny to only get worse as more and more Democrats jump in the 2020 presidential election.

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