Senate payroll records show Furer's pay was suspended for five days around the time of the altercation. Furer ultimately pled guilty to three lesser charges in connection with the attack, after which the charge of assault was dropped.
ABC News sent an email to Vitter's senate office seeking further explanation for the senator's assertion that Furer was never assigned to women's issues, but it went unanswered.
There remains strong evidence that Furer was assigned to women's issues. Beyond the listings in congressional handbooks, Beth Meeks, the executive director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, told ABC News that when she traveled to Washington to meet with Vitter earlier this year, the senator had assigned Furer to meet with her. Late last week, Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, also remembered Furer as the contact Vitter's Washington office provided on women's issues.
"We know first-hand that Brent Furer, a perpetrator of domestic violence, worked on women's issues in Senator Vitter's office," Else said in a statement.
The flap over Furer's role in Vitter's office has led to rebukes from several women's groups. The National Organization for Women called for Vitter to be censured by the U.S. Senate. Rita Smith, Executive Director of The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, released a statement late last week criticizing the senator for not acting sooner.
"To keep him, and assign him to cover women's issues as part of his responsibilities in that office, shows the Senator has a concerning lack of support and understanding of violence against women issues," Smith said.