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A prominent US senator on Saturday fired his chief of staff for improper relations with subordinates, as US lawmakers increasingly grapple with the issue of sexual harassment.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said he received by Saturday “sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my chief of staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates.”

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This led Rubio to return Saturday to Washington from his home state of Florida to fire his top aide, he said in a statement.

Rubio’s office confirmed the identity of the dismissed staffer as Clint Reed, but there were no details on the nature of the improper relations.

“We have taken steps to ensure that those impacted by this conduct have access to any services they may require now or in the future,” Rubio said.

Some Congress members have been forced to resign since late last year over sexual harassment allegations. These include Democratic Senator Al Franken and longtime Democratic Congressman John Conyers.

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In December, nearly 60 female Democratic lawmakers demanded that Congress investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican President Donald Trump.

More than a dozen women have accused him of harassment, but the White House has maintained that the women are lying.

The October downfall of US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein over alleged sexual misconduct touched off a deluge of accusations that brought down a slew of other powerful men in entertainment, politics and the media.

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CNN anchor says Trump is ‘arsonist-in-chief’ on the economy: ‘Start practicing your stop, drop and roll’

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Conservative CNN anchor S.E. Cupp blasted President Donald Trump for taking a "blow torch to the U.S. economy this week."

"If it feels like the world is on fire, that’s because it literally is," Cupp said. "New reports that yesterday a U.S. plane made its way to South America to help local authorities fight the massive fires ripping through the Amazon, the world’s largest rain forest."

"The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro finally caved to global pressure to authorize the country's military to assist in putting the fires out. That afterBolsonaro initially accused his critics of intentionally starting the fires -- to make him look bad," she said. "Chaos, delayed action, conspiracy theories, sound familiar?

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WATCH: Climate activists chant ‘failure of leadership’ at Tom Perez after DNC votes against climate debate

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Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.

DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.

"The Democratic Party needs the energy, motivation, and organizing capacity of young people to defeat Trump in 2020. But Tom Perez keeps shooting the party in the foot by rejecting that energy and turning it away," the Sunrise Movement said in a statement.

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