Rep. Nunes cleared in politically-motivated ethics probe

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold. R Corpus Christi

The bipartisan House Ethics Committee, following a rash of sexual misconduct allegations in Congress, voted unanimously Thursday to re-examine sexual harassment allegations against Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi.

According to a release, the panel is establishing an investigative subcommittee to look into allegations that Farenthold "sexually harassed a former member of his staff, discriminated against her on the basis of her gender, and retaliated against her for complaining of discriminatory conduct", as well as allegations that Farenthold "made inappropriate statements" to other staff members.

While the committee's statement did not name her, a lawyer for Farenthold's former staffer confirmed her identity last week. But it resurfaced as a heightened awareness of sexual harassment has swept workplaces across the country, including US congressional offices.

In 2015, Farenthold, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, reached a settlement with Greene regarding an allegation filed in federal court.

Love was featured in a CNN segment Thursday night, denouncing alleged behavior of Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas.

Nunes is expected to retake his position as the head of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russian meddling in the US election that was effectively stalled while the allegations were reviewed.

"Once all the facts are released, I'm confident this matter will once and for all be settled and resolved", he added. "I'm also pleased the Committee on Ethics recognizes, as per their statement, that I have cooperated fully with the committee's investigation and has acknowledged a decision has been delayed because of difficulty obtaining live testimony from other witnesses".

An aide with knowledge of the settlement confirmed that Farenthold is the lawmaker whose office paid the settlement.

Two of Farenthold's colleagues, Reps. While Farenthold hasn't admitted to any wrongdoing, he recently said he'd pay the government back the $84,000 he used to settle the claim.

In his response to Greene's complaint, Farenthold alleged that she was sacked for "poor performance".

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