Aide Who Accused Texas Rep. Farenthold of Sexual Harassment to Cooperate With House Ethics Investigation

WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee is moving forward with an investigation of Corpus Christi Rep. Blake Farenthold, and a former aide who accused him of sexual harassment has agreed to cooperate, her attorney said Thursday.The woman, Lauren Greene, reportedly received an $84,000 taxpayer funded settlement after suing the Texas Republican in 2014 over allegations of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.According to Politico, she has previously declined requests for interviews from the House Ethics Committee. The committee reached out again this week after Greene spoke about the lawsuit in interviews with Politico and CNN, in which she told the news outlets that her decision to sue her former employer has made it difficult for her to find new work.Greene told CNN she's speaking out as part of a national "reckoning" over sexual harassment. "We're having these conversations that have been needed to be had," she said. Greene's attorney, Les Alderman, told The Dallas Morning News that she “plans to cooperate” with the ethics committee but that no date has been set for a meeting. Greene is declining further interview requests, he said.The news comes just days after Farenthold declared his innocence in the case and vowed to repay taxpayers for the settlement. Farenthold maintained in court that Greene was fired for poor performance.  Continue reading...

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