A troubling picture comes into focus when reviewing Senator Kamala Harris’ track record as a prosecutor. Tulsi Gabbard famously reminded the world of Harris’ double standard on marijuana in one debate. Harris prosecuted thousands of people for possessing and distributing the drug, then went on TV and laughed about abusing marijuana.
Perhaps even more disturbing are the allegations that she scuttled the prosecution of pedophile priests after members of the San Francisco Archdiocese donated to her campaign.
Before Harris won her 2004 bid to become the District Attorney of San Francisco, investigations and litigation of sexual abuse inflicted on children had reached a boiling point. Her predecessor, Terence Hallinan, brought all the powers of the office to bear in an effort to prosecute and imprison child-raping priests. Police had leveled charges that members of the clergy had molested at least 24 children. After Harris unseated Hallinan, the zealous pursuit of justice evaporated, and the files went dark.
“It went from Terence Hallinan going a hundred miles an hour, full speed ahead, after the Catholic Church to Kamala Harris doing absolutely nothing and taking it backwards a hundred miles an hour,” survivor Joey Piscitelli, who beat a Catholic institution in court, reportedly said.
To call Harris’ non-actions a coverup would rank among the great understatements. But what voters and the victims’ families may not have known is that Harris took maximum legal donations from the Church and its affiliates.
“Harris had no particular ties to the Catholic Church or Catholic organizations, but the money still came in large, unprecedented sums. Lawyer Joseph Russoniello represented the church on a wide variety of issues, including the handling of the church abuse scandal. He served on the Catholic Church’s National Review Board (NRB) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,” investigative journalist Peter Schweizer wrote in Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite.
“Russoniello donated the maximum amount by law to her campaign, $1,250, and his law firm added another $2,250. He also sat on Harris’ advisory council when she was San Francisco district attorney. Another law firm, Bingham McCutcheon, which handled legal matters for the archdiocese concerning Catholic Charities, donated $2,825, the maximum allowed.”
Schweizer also reports that archdiocese board members donated more than $50,000 to the then-upstart politician’s campaign. Harris reportedly never prosecuted a single priest for sexual abuse of a minor during her tenure in that office. The year before she won her bid for Attorney General of California, the San Francisco Archdiocese had reportedly settled more than 100 sexual abuse cases in the Bay Area for a whopping $68 million in hush money.
Victims of priest abuse were outraged then as they are now about the methods Harris used to shield predatory priests from the public eye. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a liberal California court’s faulty statutes of limitation decision, Harris sealed the records. She then shoved aside legitimate Public Records Requests under California’s Public Records Act that would allow community members to decide for themselves whether to leave children in a priest’s care. Those records never saw the light of day. Priests continued to prey on unsuspecting children, and at least one victim group compiled a list of 86 Catholic priests they believe molested Bay Area children.
“I remember Kamala Harris,” Dominic De Lucca, who was reportedly raped when he was 12 years old, said. “She didn’t want to have any meetings. She wanted the public to think this is an issue that happened years ago, that it doesn’t happen anymore.”
Recent efforts to unseal the police files and victim statements continue to be an exercise in futility. Harris, now accused sex offender Joe Biden’s running mate, appears to have enough political clout that those disturbing attacks and her efforts to protect pedophile priests will remain hidden. The San Francisco attorney general’s office reportedly indicated, “they no longer had them in their possession.”
It seems only fitting Harris appears willing to ignore the claims of alleged Biden rape victim Tara Reade after previously going on the record stating she believes her running mate’s accusers.