The Peculiar Timing of Paris Dennard’s Downfall
We’re sure you’ve heard by now that political commentator Paris Dennard has been suspended by CNN after a Washington Post report detailed allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior during his tenure as the Events Director for Arizona State University’s McCain Institute for International Leadership. The suspicious timing of the story’s emergence came after Dennard falsely accused former CIA Analyst Philip Mudd of profiting off of his national security clearance. Mudd, who has also served as Deputy Director of the National Security Branch of the FBI and still serves as an advisor on the National Counterterrorism Center, was discussing Donald Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. Days later, The Washington Postreported that Dennard “was fired from Arizona State University four years ago for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women.” According to the report, Dennard was removed from his previous position at Arizona State University after an “internal investigation by the university concluded that Paris Dennard ... told a recent college graduate who worked for him that he wanted to have sex with her.” He also “pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures.” Dennard did not dispute those claims but said he committed the acts jokingly. A CNN spokeswoman said, "We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard. We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations." Paris is known for his peculiar loyalty to the president and his often-bizarre defense of the administration frequently coupled with unhinged attacks on critics. See the exchange with Mudd here.