The ethics committee of the house on Friday formally rebuked the president of freedom caucus Mark MeadowsMark Randall Meadows Jordan on the loss of leadership: "We knew it was a tough fight" The Hill's Morning Report – Presented by T-Mobile – The congress returns to leadership careers, the coxo-duck drama. The camera's Republicans decide to choose a similar team of leaders despite the mid-term blow MORE (R-N.C.) Not properly addressing accusations of sexual harassment against their former head of staff and not protecting women who worked in their office of harassment and additional retaliation.
The ethics panel led by GOP also ordered Meadows to repay more than $ 40,000 to taxpayers, the portion of the salary that Meadows continued to pay to his best assistant after harassment was first reported.
"The fact that representative Meadows did not take fast and determined measures to address the alleged sexual harassment in his Congress office was disturbing to the Committee," says the Ethics report on Meadows. "The Committee found Representative Meadows violated the rules of the house by not taking the appropriate measures to ensure that its Chamber office was free from discrimination and any perception of discrimination."
The ethics panel also formally reprimanded the representative. Ruben KihuenRuben Jesus KihuenNevada New members 2019 Dem Susie Lee defeats Danny Tarkanian to retain the seat of Nevada House Horsford returns home after winning the Nevada race MORE (D-Nev.) By making "persistent and unwanted advances towards women who have been forced to interact with him as part of their professional responsibilities." After the accusations of sexual harassment were public last year, Kihuen decided not to run for re-election. Your term ends in early January.
The pair of ethical decisions took place the same day that newly attended legislators attended the formation of sexual harassment at the Capitol, the first time that such training was carried out for new members.
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The allegations against Meadows' head of staff, Kenny West, were created in the fall of 2014. Several Meadows office employees alleged that West did not play them improperly, looked at their breasts and tried to look down their blouses or skirts .
In response, Meadows dropped the West from a senior adviser but kept him personally, despite accusations of sexual harassment, the report reported. The West later resigned, but Meadows continued to pay its full salary for another two months, as well as reimbursing it for mileage.
Meadows told the Board of Ethics in the House that he continued paying the West after resigning to ensure a smooth transition and "as a withdrawal," the report said. The deputy also told the panel that the West, during that time, continued its work in an official capacity, including traveling to "constituent meetings in my name."
The Independent Congressional Ethics Bureau began a preliminary analysis of the handling of Meadows' allegations in October 2015. Shortly afterwards, Meadows sent a letter directly to the bipartisan leaders of the Ethics Committee asking the panel to review the matter.
"Three years ago, I asked the Ethics Committee to review the subject that surrounds the alleged conduct of my former head of staff, Mr. West, and I am grateful that his review has been completed. I appreciate the recognition of the Commission of the immediate, appropriate steps and in good faith that I made after knowing the concerns of my staff, including the immediate separation of the accuser's boss so they never had to interact with him personally during the independent investigation, "said Meadows in a statement on Friday.
"Making sure my team feels safe and secure in our office is the highest priority for me and I am really sad about any stress this situation has caused," continued Meadows. "I am grateful to the Ethics Committee for its work to resolve this, and my office will continue to be committed to serving the western carolinians of the North every day for the best of our ability."
Updated at 3:44 p.m.