(Washington, D.C.) U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) confirmed the home of his Chief of Staff was searched today.
Alexander said the search is related to allegations involving child pornography with Ryan Loskarn who has been his COS since November of 2011.
In a statement, Alexander said he is, “stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.”
Later Wednesday Alexander named David Cleary as his new Chief of Staff saying, “The courts will judge Mr. Loskarn’s guilt or innocence, but under these circumstances, he cannot continue to fulfill his duties as chief of staff of this office. Therefore, as of today, I have removed him from the payroll.”
When he was named COS, rollcall.com wrote, “Loskarn is one of the Senate GOP’s top strategists and aides, and he has been a fixture in the House and Senate for most of the past decade. Including working at the Republican Conference under Alexander and former Chairman Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Loskarn also did stints in the House working for Reps. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), as well as the House Rules Committee.
Alexander released the following statement:
“I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography. I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.”