Ethics Committee Launches Investigation Into Rep. Farenthold Sexual Harassment Claims

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The House Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of Tulare of any wrongdoing after a complaint that he had disclosed classified information related to the House's Russian Federation investigation.

Greene's case was settled and the lawsuit dropped, Politico reported. It added that while Farenthold has cooperated in the investigation so far, the probe has been "significantly delayed by difficulties in obtaining live testimony" from other key witnesses.

A complaint was filed forcing Nunes to step aside as the lead for his committee's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election while the Ethics Committee performed its review.

In the credit-where-credit-is-due department, we offer up Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.

As allegations of sexual assault fly around Capitol Hill, Rep. Mia Love continues her push to change congressional sexual misconduct settlements in Congress and rid her workplace of inappropriate behavior. "This investigation increases the transparency the public deserves and what I've wanted since the beginning". It will also examine whether Farenthold discriminated against the former staffer based on her gender - and retaliated against her for complaining about discrimination.

Peace, who worked for two years in Farenthold's office, told the Chronicle earlier this week that the congressman had always treated her with respect, although the atmosphere for many other women in Congress could be "toxic".

The matter appeared to be resolved two years ago.

Farenthold subsequently said he was taking out a personal loan to cover the settlement's costs. 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.

Greene alleged that she was sacked in July 2014 after complaining to Farenthold about being "bullied" by his chief of staff.

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