Report: Republican Congressman Used Taxpayer Funds to Settle Sex Harassment Lawsuit

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According to a report by Politico, Representative Blake Farenthold (Republican-Texas) used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman. When asked about these allegations, Farenthold refused to confirm or deny.



We must demand that all facts be immediately released as it is relates to Congressman Farenthold and any other members of Congress who used taxpayer funds to settle with victims of their sexual misconduct or any other personal impropriety.

Any member of Congress who has done this should immediately resign or be expelled. That such a fund exists at all is a scandal. If Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was aware of this fund (and I don’t see how he could not have been), then he should be removed as Speaker. Any other members of the House or Senate leadership who knew and did nothing to end it should step down or be ousted from their positions.

From Politico:

Greene said another Farenthold aide told her the lawmaker said he had “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about Greene. She also claimed that Farenthold “regularly drank to excess” and told her in February 2014 that he was “estranged from his wife and had not had sex with her in years.”



When she complained about comments Farenthold and a male staffer made to her, Greene said the congressman improperly fired her. She filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, but the case was later dropped after both parties reached a private settlement.

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House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) told GOP lawmakers in a closed-door Friday morning meeting that only one House office in the past five years had used an Office of Compliance account to settle a sexual harassment complaint. Harper said in that one instance, the settlement totaled $84,000.

In a statement for this story, Farenthold would neither confirm or deny that his office was responsible for that $84,000 payout.

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