Politics House Ethics Committee To Investigate Blake Farenthold Over Sexual Harassment Claim

03:25  08 december  2017
03:25  08 december  2017 Source:   huffingtonpost.com

Report: GOP congressman used public funds to settle claim

  Report: GOP congressman used public funds to settle claim A report says Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim. He says the Congressional Accountability Act prohibits him from answering the question.Farenthold is now serving his fourth term in the House.

The Ethics Committee will investigate the claims , which were filed by Farenthold ’s former communications director, Lauren Greene, in December 2014. MORE: U.S. News Sexual Harassment U.S. House Of Representatives Blake Farenthold House Ethics Committee .

The U.S. House Ethics Committee voted Thursday to establish a subcommittee to investigate allegations that U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold sexually harassed a subordinate several years ago.

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) has been accused of sexually harassing a staffer and then using taxpayer money to settle with her. © Bill Clark via Getty Images Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) has been accused of sexually harassing a staffer and then using taxpayer money to settle with her.

The House Committee on Ethics voted Thursday to investigate Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) over allegations that he sexually harassed a former staffer and then used $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle her claim.

The decision follows a report by Politico last week that identified Farenthold as the legislator behind the payout, which came from a little-known congressional fund that can be used to settle lawsuits filed against lawmakers.

The Ethics Committee will investigate the claims, which were filed by Farenthold’s former communications director, Lauren Greene, in December 2014. In the lawsuit, Greene said her boss sexually harassed her and created a hostile work environment. She also levied accusations of gender discrimination against him.

Rep. Blake Farenthold settled sexual harassment claim for $84,000

  Rep. Blake Farenthold settled sexual harassment claim for $84,000 Farenthold settled a sexual harassment claim with a former employee, two sources tell NBC News. This is the first taxpayer-funded settlement made public.Farenthold's former communications director, Lauren Greene, brought the complaint against him for sexual harassment, discrimination and a hostile work environment. Both parties agreed to settle out of court in 2015.

The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into Rep. Blake Farenthold over allegations that he sexually harassed a former aide and then retaliated against her when she complained about it.

If money is paid, no need to investigate . @SpeakerRyan do something. Speaking of harassment .. how much energy is in that calorie pouch under his chin? Replying to @brownsugar7878 @HuffPost @ farenthold .

Another Farenthold aide told Greene that the congressman said he had “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about Greene, she said, and when Greene complained, she was fired.

Greene’s case was settled and the lawsuit dropped, Politico reported.

The Ethics Committee said it would investigate the claim and other allegations that Farenthold made “inappropriate statements to other members of his official staff.” However, it noted that “establishing an investigative subcommittee does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred.”

In a statement to HuffPost last week, Farenthold said he could not confirm that his office was behind the $84,000 settlement.

Accuser says GOP lawmaker black-balled her from finding another job after settling sexual harassment suit

  Accuser says GOP lawmaker black-balled her from finding another job after settling sexual harassment suit The former communications director for GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold says in a new interview that she was "blackballed" in politics after accusing the Texas lawmaker of sexually harassing her."I was told right away that I would be, quote-unquote, 'blackballed' if I came forward. That's exactly what happened," Lauren Greene told "I was told right away that I would be, quote-unquote, 'blackballed' if I came forward. ... That's exactly what happened," Lauren Greene told Politico Monday, in her first interview since she made the accusations against the Farenthold in 2014.

The House Ethics Committee announced it will investigate sexual harassment allegations made against Rep. Blake Farenthold . Sen. Al Franken says he will resign. He joins a long list of other high profile people accused of sexual harassment and assault in recent months.

House Ethics Committee To Investigate Blake Farenthold Over Sexual Harassment Claim huffingtonpost.com/entry/ house - ethics - blake -far

“While I 100% support more transparency with respect to claims against members of Congress, I can neither confirm nor deny that settlement involved my office as the Congressional Accountability Act prohibits me from answering that question,” he said.

A growing number of congressional lawmakers have undergone intense scrutiny over allegations of sexual misconduct, including Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who announced Thursday that he would resign in the coming weeks. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) also announced his retirement this week amid allegations of impropriety, and Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said he would leave the chamber over allegations that he discussed surrogacy with two female subordinates.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Kihuen won't launch re-election bid amid sexual harassment allegations .
Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) announced on Saturday that he would not launch a re-election bid amid allegations of sexual assault against him."It is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek re- election," Kihuen told The Las Vegas Review-Journal in a statement.The news comes a day after the House Ethics Committee announced it was pursuing a probe into the allegations against the freshman congressman."I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question," he said.

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