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Politics Will Blake Farenthold reimburse taxpayers for $84K harassment settlement?

21:31  07 april  2018
21:31  07 april  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Rep. Blake Farenthold used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman - the only That, however, won't stem demands from conservatives that members who have been part of such settlements use their own personal money to reimburse the treasury.

Rep. Blake Farenthold, who resigned from Congress on Friday, promised in December to reimburse taxpayers for the $84,000 used in a sexual harassment scandal. © Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call Rep. Blake Farenthold, who resigned from Congress on Friday, promised in December to reimburse taxpayers for the $84,000 used in a sexual harassment scandal. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican who was under congressional investigation for sexual harassment allegations, resigned abruptly from Congress on Friday afternoon. Now, the question still remains: Will he repay the $84,000 in taxpayer funds used to settle a sexual harassment claim from one of his former female staffers, as he said he would?

In December, Farenthold, who had already said he would not run for re-election this year, pledged to repay the $84,000 in taxpayer funds used to settle with Lauren Greene, a former aide of his who alleged he sexually harassed her. Greene sued the congressman in 2014 for sexual harassment, gender discrimination and a hostile work environment. 

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Rep. Blake Farenthold , R-Texas, says he promises to pay back taxpayers for funds from a special congressional account he used to pay a harassment settlement back in 2013.

Boasts about an offer of a threesome, drinking at 'beer-thirty' and 'redhead patrol': Sex harassment Lauren Greene got an $ 84 ,000 payment after suing Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold for sexual Former aide said Farenthold disclosed that a female lobbyist 'propositioned him for a threesome'

"I'm doing my best and am going to hand a check over this week to probably Speaker Ryan or somebody and say look here's the amount of my settlement, give it back to the taxpayers," Farenthold, who has continued to deny the allegations against him, said in December.

That was four months ago. Since then, there has been no public indication — or even claim from Farenthold — that he has done so. Shortly after Farenthold announced his resignation Friday, Ohio's Republican Rep. Steve Stivers, the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, urged Farenthold to repay the funds.

"I thank Blake Farenthold for his service in Congress," Stivers said in a statement Friday. "I hope Blake is true to his word and pays back the $84,000 of taxpayer money he used as a settlement. As I have said repeatedly, Congress must hold ourselves to a higher standard and regain the trust of the American people."

Farenthold's estimated net worth in 2015, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, was $5.8 million.

He did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday as to whether or not he will repay the funds.

In light of multiple harassment scandals involving members of Congress, Congress recently passed legislation prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims, forcing lawmakers to pay their own settlements. 

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