Law firm begins sexual harassment investigation as GOP leaders find 'new information'

Kentucky House Speaker Resigns Post After Texts With Staffer

Jeff Hoover said in a statement he was disappointed Republican Gov. Matt Bevin called for him to resign on Saturday.

Kentucky's Republican House speaker resigned his leadership position Sunday after acknowledging he settled sexual harassment claims from one of his staffers.

Supervisory Special Agent David Habich with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Louisville issued a statement earlier on Monday that they had received information regarding sexual harassment and retaliation claims made by employees working in the state capitol.

Leadership is putting the structure together for the independent investigation they announced over the weekend that will be conducted by an outside law firm.

Republican David Osborne, the speaker's pro tempore said in a statement concerning the events, said that operational controls would be assumed by him for the meantime as he will be standing in as the acting speaker.

House GOP leaders said they were not contacted by any outside law enforcement agencies on Monday.

"We did receive the resignation of one staff member this morning".

"One must wonder why he is so motivated to attack us unless his goal is to remove a voice that dares on occasion to disagree with him as I have done when he has made unnecessary statements attacking our teachers, state workers and retirees who are simply looking for better solutions to very serious problems facing our state".

The letter also accused House Republican Chief of Staff Ginger Wills of creating a hostile work environment, according to Olivo. "The resignation was effective immediately and we transmitted the letter to the Legislative Research Commission and their human resources staff".

A legislative official who has seen a copy of the letter confirmed the names. The three were temporarily removed from their positions as committee chairmen by the House GOP leadership team Sunday evening, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

But the scandal has sent the Republican majority in the state House of Representatives scrambling - and that's included differing opinions on Hoover and his political future.

Hours afterward, eight influential Republican House members released an extraordinary statement demanding immediate resignations of any House member who is involved in the settlement.



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