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Sexual harassment allegations against Blake Farenthold to be investigated by House Ethics Committee

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The Congressional Ethics Committee has announced that it is opening an investigation into Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) after it was revealed he agreed to a settlement for accusations of sexual harassment by a former aide.

As Politico reported Thursday, new evidence has been discovered from a 2015 incident. The female aide, “received an $84,000, taxpayer-funded settlement after she sued Farenthold in Dec. 2014 over allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.”

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The news comes just as Rep. John Conyers (D-NY) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) announced they would be resigning from office amid revelations that sexual harassment suits were settled. When a member resigns the investigation by the Ethics Committee stops because they’re no longer an elected official. Rather than go through that public examination of Franks’ actions, he resigned.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced he would also resign Thursday, though in his speech he proclaimed that he would be found innocent in the investigation.


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Ex-AG Matt Whitaker ‘pretty much acknowledges abuse of power’ in Fox News interview

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The former acting Attorney General of the United States argued that presidential abuse of power is not a crime during a Tuesday evening appearance on Fox News.

Abuse of power is not a crime,” Matt Whitaker told Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.

Tufts University Professor Daniel Drezner was fascinated by the admission.

"Interesting that Whitaker pretty much acknowledges abuse of power but doesn’t think it’s egregious," Drezner noted.

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‘Abuse of power is not a crime’: Former acting AG Matt Whitaker makes a brazen claim on Fox News

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Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told a Fox News audience that it is not a crime for President Donald Trump to abuse the power of his office.

Whitaker made the comments while complaining about "global elitists" during an interview with Laura Ingraham.

"What evidence of a crime do you have?" Whitaker asked, despite Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani all admitting Trump sought foreign election interference to help his struggling re-election campaign.

"Abuse of power is not a crime," the nation's former top law enforcement office argued.

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Joe Biden apologizes for ‘partisan lynching’ comments about Bill Clinton’s impeachment

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday apologized for comments he made saying impeachment could be viewed as a "partisan lynching."

The comments from a 1998 interview were reported after Biden said it was "abhorrent" and "despicable" for President Donald Trump to refer to impeachment as a lynching.

"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said in 1998.

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