A psychologist who was appointed to the Republican National Committee has been fired by the party for failing to adequately address the issue of sexual assault.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has rocked the party, the psychologist, David Brody, has become an advocate for women and has led a campaign to create a National Institute of Justice.
In his first week on the job, Brody told The Associated Press he plans to take a closer look at the issue, including the role of the Department of Justice in combating sexual assault, including whether the agency should have the authority to hold perpetrators accountable.
The Trump administration, which nominated Brody for the post, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.
Brodys predecessor, Kathleen Sebelius, was removed from her position by President Donald Trump, who said he was frustrated by her handling of the Weinstein scandal.
A Republican-appointed federal judge appointed Brody to the RNC’s ethics committee in January after the panel ruled that he should be fired.
He has been criticized for his handling of a sexual assault case involving an intern in his office and his handling it under oath in the Senate.
In his testimony before the committee, Brodys lawyer, Mark Geragos, said Brody was being investigated by the FBI because of his role in the harassment case.
Briggs also testified in Congress last year, but she did not address the sexual assault issue.
The Republican-led House Ethics Committee also has launched an investigation into Brody after he was fired.
Brede Daugherty, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, told The AP that Brody is doing a good job.
He’s been very respectful and cooperative and has been very responsive to requests from committee members and members of the public, she said.
Daugherty said Brodies work as a psychologist has been an important factor in the Republican Party moving forward.