Disgraced Rep. Blake Farenthold nonetheless hasn’t paid again the $84,000 he utilized in taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims introduced by a former worker, after he promised final yr to provide taxpayers again their cash.
Farenthold advised NBC-affiliate KRIS-TV that he would pay again the settlement cash although he “didn’t do something incorrect.”
“I’m … going handy a verify over this week to in all probability Speaker Ryan or any individual and say, ‘Look, right here’s the quantity of my settlement. Give it again to the taxpayers. I need to be clear that I didn’t do something incorrect, however I additionally don’t need the taxpayers to be on the hook for this,’” Farenthold stated in early December.
In December, Politico reported that Farenthold had dipped into an Workplace of Compliance account to settle a criticism filed by his former spokesman Lauren Greene.
“I adopted the principles and the principles have strict confidentiality provisions in them designed to guard the sufferer however additionally they shield the perpetrators and that’s the half that must be fastened,” Farenthold advised KRIS-TV.
It’s been virtually a month, and Farenthold has but to jot down a verify.
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Farenthold’s communications director, Stacey Daniels, stated he’s ready to see how the Congressional Accountability Act may change earlier than he repays the funds, CNN reported.
The Home Ethics Committee stated final yr that it will examine Farenthold to see if he misused Home assets throughout his marketing campaign or made false statements to the Committee.
It’s also investigating a number of sexual misconduct allegations towards him.