Farenthold Will Not Seek Re-Election Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Farenthold Will Not Seek Re-Election Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

A fourth U.S. lawmaker has been forced out of Congress amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) will not seek reelection when his term is up in 2019, according to reports from CNN, Politico and a local ABC affiliate in Texas.

Multiple women who formerly and now work for Blake Farenthold are standing up for the congressman.

In a statement Thursday, Kihuen said he wouldn't discuss any details of the relationships he's had with women while in elected office.

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The letter begins "we, the undersigned (current and former) female staffers and associates of Congressman Blake Farenthold, wish to confidently state that he has always treated us fairly and with dignity and respect". She alleged in a 2014 federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed and fired soon after complaining of a hostile work environment. She dropped the case after reaching a private settlement with the congressman. Greene sued him and Farenthold settled the suit in 2015 for $84,000 in taxpayer money. Franks, a Republican, reportedly offered an aide $5m to bear his child. While Farenthold couldn't survive the onslaught, a first-term Nevada Democrat continued to resist calls to step aside.

Conyers also resigned at the urging of his Democratic colleagues after it was revealed he reached a $27,000 settlement with a female staffer who said she was sacked because she resisted the congressman's sexual advances.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reiterated her call for Kihuen to resign, but the lawmaker has said he will remain in office and would welcome an ethics investigation to clear his name. The president was accused of sexual misconduct by as many as 17 women prior to his election last November. On Thursday, Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington said in a letter to the all-male leadership of the Senate and its powerful Appropriations Committee that aides who complain about sexual harassment shouldn't have to endure "cooling off" periods and mediation. Trump, however, boasted of groping and kissing women without their consent in a 2005 Access Hollywood tape leaked less than two months before the presidential election.

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