Congress’s tax payer sexual harassment slush (hush) fund was reported about at the end of last year and the claim was congress has used $17MM+ of tax payer money over the last 20yrs to coverup their sexual harassment (or worse) allegations.
Former GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold‘s (R-Texas) sudden resignation announcement earlier this month was prompted by an impending House Ethics ruling against him, the office of Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday.
The committee — which was investigating allegations he sexually harassed his employees and lied during his testimony — was forced to close its probe after Farenthold’s abrupt departure. It remains unclear what the repercussions for the lawmaker would have been had they ruled against him.
HuffPost first reported the motivation behind Farenthold’s April 6 resignation, which came months after he had already announced that he wouldn’t run for reelection in 2018.
Farenthold had come under fire late last year following revelations that he’d settled a sexual harassment claim to a former aide after she sued him over her 2014 firing. The $84,000 payout came from an obscure, taxpayer-backed settlement fund created for such purposes. Farenthold had vowed to repay the Treasury for the amount, but left Congress on April 6 without doing so.