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House ethics panel extends investigations of Farenthold, Kihuen

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., have announced that they are not up for re-election next year amid sexual harassment allegations.

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WASHINGTON – The house ethics Committee is expanding its investigation of Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas is beyond his investigation about sexual harassment allegations, to determine whether he lied on the plate.

The panel also said Thursday it is checking whether Farenthold or someone in his behalf directed to be members of Congress, on his campaigns. Employees are free to work on activities of the campaign on their own time, but goes in the direction of a legislator to an illegal campaign subsidy.

Farenthold, who has announced that he is not up for re-election for a fifth term, is already the subject of an investigation into whether he sexually harassed an Ex-member of his staff and retaliated against them for complaining of discriminatory conduct. The allegations against Farenthold appeared first in the year 2014, when a former aide sued him over sexually suggestive remarks and behaviour, charging she’d been fired after they complained.

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Farenthold, a seven-year House veteran, had said he would conduct engaged in no misconduct, if he the case in the year 2015. But, according to the Congress sources said he would.paid $84,000 settlement, with the money of the taxpayers, the house ethics Committee said last week it would investigate and the focus of public attention intensified, although he said he would reimburse the Treasury Department

Farenthold had said he was “relieved” that the ethics Commission would look further into the case. But in the following days he announced he would not seek re-election after his term of office. This announcement, the Texas legislature denied the sexual harassment allegations, but he apologized for an office atmosphere, he said, included the “destructive gossip, offhand comments, off-color jokes and behavior, and was generally less than professional.”

The ethics panel also said on Thursday that she had an investigative Subcommittee to determine whether the democratic Republic of the Ruben Kihuen Nevada engaged in the sexual harassment. Kihuen was already the subject of an ethics investigation, but the sub-Committee for the education and training is necessary for the most severe sanctions in ethics.

Kihuen, to serve his first term in office, has also announced that he would not election. He has denied the sexual harassment allegations and said he was obliged to cooperate fully with the Committee and looked forward to “clearing my name.”

In a separate matter, the house ethics Committee said it voted against the formation of an investigative subcommittee to review the arrest of Democratic and Judy Chu of California and Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, at a protest in front of the Capitol. The two legislators paid decided to a $50 fine, and the Committee, no further action.

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