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

03:25  08 december  2017
03:25  08 december  2017 Source:   HuffPost

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 House Ethics Committee will continue investigating sexual harassment allegations against U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold , R-Corpus Christi, even though another Congressional investigative arm recommended the matter be dismissed.

Rep. Blake Farenthold , R-Texas, leaves a meeting in the Capitol in 2015. "In this instance, the independent Office of Congressional Ethics investigated this claim and unanimously votedto dismiss it. The House Administration Committee is conducting an analysis of the sexual harassment

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.

Blake Farenthold sexual harassment case have reached an agreement, and suggested Wednesday that the case be dismissed. The House Ethics Committee was in the midst of investigating the allegations against Farenthold .

The House Ethics Committee has extended its review of Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) and his congressional office over allegations by a former staffer of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

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.

House ethics committee investigates Democrat Kihuen on harassment reports

  House ethics committee investigates Democrat Kihuen on harassment reports <p>The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday it has begun an investigation into public reports that Democrat Ruben Kihuen engaged in sexual harassment, adding that announcing the probe was not a sign the committee already has determined the Nevada Representative violated any rules.</p>“As I’ve said previously, I intend to fully cooperate, and I welcome an opportunity to clear my name," said Kihuen in a statement provided to Reuters.

Blake Farenthold settled a sexual harassment complaint brought by an aide with taxpayer money in 2014, according a new According to the statement, the Office of Congressional Ethics suggested it be dismissed and the House Committee on Ethics hadn't, at the time, completed its review.

Blake Farenthold (R-TX) was slapped with a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit in 2014, leading to an ,000 settlement. After the case was settled, the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into the matter.

“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.

Texas Congressman Runs What Aides Call a Hostile Workplace .
Representative Blake Farenthold, the subject of an ethics investigation, set the tone for off-color jokes and inappropriate banter, legal documents and interviews with former aides suggest.WASHINGTON — When Lauren Greene, a former communications director for Representative Blake Farenthold, sued him claiming sexual harassment, among her complaints was that he “disclosed that a female lobbyist had propositioned him for ‘a threesome.

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