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US House ethics panel probing Rep. Blake Farenthold over harassment allegations

US House ethics panel probing Rep. Blake Farenthold over harassment allegations

The US House of Representatives Ethics Committee said yesterday it was investigating Republican Representative Blake Farenthold over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving a former female staff member.

In April, Nunes told reporters that a Trump campaign team member had their communications monitored by the intelligence community and it may have come at the behest of the Obama administration.

The Office of Congressional Ethics, which is not affiliated with the House ethics panel, has investigated the matter and recommended that the committee dismiss the allegations against Farenthold.

"Based exclusively on the conclusion of these classification experts that the information that Representative Nunes disclosed was not classified, the committee will take no further action and considers this matter closed", it states.

The Ethics Committee said it has already reviewed more than 200,000 pages of materials and interviewed multiple witnesses.

While the committee's statement did not name her, a lawyer for Farenthold's former staffer confirmed her identity last week.

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Greene, then 27, alleged in a 2014 federal lawsuit that Farenthold made sexually suggestive remarks and, along with top staff members, created a hostile work environment. However, it noted that "establishing an investigative subcommittee does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred". Susan Brooks, R-Ala., the chairman of the committee, and Rep. Ted Deutch, the ranking Democrat.

"Once all the facts are released, I'm confident this matter will once and for all be settled and resolved", he said.

Following allegations of sexual harassment against Rep. "This investigation increases the transparency the public deserves and what I've wanted since the beginning".

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

Farenthold, 55, said in a statement he was relieved that the ethics panel was going to look into the allegations.