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Murphy Maintains Timeline for When He Learned About Brennan Rape Case

At press conference, governor pledges he will cooperate with legislative investigation

Gov. Phil Murphy said October 2, 2018 was when he first learned about Katie Brennan’s allegations that she was raped by a member of his administration — just as the Wall Street Journal was about to go public with the story.

Yesterday, at a wide-open press conference, the governor maintained that his original timetable was accurate.

“Not only do I maintain it, it is unequivocally the case. It is the truth,” Murphy said. “I did not know the specifics of what had happened to Katie until, I believe, Oct. 2, so that is a fact.”

The governor added, “… we’ve put in place some investigations, some processes, to try and figure out what the heck happened.”

The Legislature is holding hearings on the Brennan case, and the governor was asked if he would testify if asked to do so, and whether he would permit others in his office to do so.

“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals,” Murphy answered, “but there’s some notion out there in some corners, which I just want to address head on, that we’re not cooperating. That is completely, 1,000 percent false … we respect the process that the legislators have put in place.”

During the press conference it became clear that at least six people in the executive branch knew about Brennan’s allegation against Al Alvarez before the governor did.

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