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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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David Holmes blows up one of Trump’s key defenses in Ukraine extortion scheme

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David Holmes blew up one of the central arguments in the impeachment defense of President Donald Trump.

The president's Republican allies have argued that Ukraine was not aware that congressionally approved aid had been held up by the White House as Trump demanded an investigation of Joe Biden, but Holmes explained why that's wrong, reported the Washington Post.

Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, told congressional investigators that Ukrainian officials seemed to have figured out that the pause, which had been reported in late August by Politico, was related to Trump's call for an investigation.

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The GOP wanted Sondland to be Trump’s Ukraine ‘fall guy’ — then it blew up in their faces: NYT columnist

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According to New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, Republican hopes that they could turn E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland into "fall guy" for Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal ended up being a disastrous miscalculation.

Following testimony given by the millionaire Trump appointee that was televised nationally where he clearly stated that the president was using foreign aid to get political dirt on possible 2020 presidential election foe Joe Biden, the NYT columnist claims the GOP now has a "Gordon problem."

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Republican’s latest anti-Schiff sign hilariously backfires

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House Republicans have had a difficult time defending President Donald Trump and his actions on Ukraine. They've tried to pivot to attack the process and claim that somehow Democrats are stacking the deck against the GOP. Unfortunately, however, they can't even do that correctly.

After a lunch break, Republicans in the House Intelligence Committee propped up a sign reading, "Days since Adam Schiff followed the rules 0." That would mean that Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is following the rules today. If Republicans meant to attack Schiff or claim that Democrats were ignoring the House rules it would read a larger number of days, for example, "4 days since Adam Schiff followed House rules."

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