GOP rep: Farenthold should step down, reimburse taxpayers for $84K harassment settlement
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Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockThe GOP is Trump's party now House GOP frets over Pennsylvania race Giffords's group eyes Ryan, other high-profile Republicans ahead of midterms MORE (Va.) is calling on fellow Republican Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdDoug Collins to run for House Judiciary chair Five things to watch for in Texas primaries Congressional interns required to sign nondisclosure agreements MORE (Texas) to step down and reimburse taxpayers over a sexual harassment settlement.

"[H]e should pay back the money to the taxpayers," Comstock's deputy chief of staff Jeff Marschner told Politico.

"The Congresswoman would welcome a waiving of the nondisclosure agreement so the parties can come forward, particularly since we have not heard from the woman involved directly as we have in other cases.”

Farenthold reportedly used $84,000 in taxpayer funds in 2015 to settle a claim from his former communications director Lauren Greene, who said in her lawsuit that the Texas Republican told her he had "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" about her. Green said Farenthold told her in 2014 that he was "estranged from his wife and had not had sex with her in years."


Comstock — who authored a House resolution requiring annual sexual harassment awareness training for all members and staff — called for Farenthold to reimburse the full $84,000 and for both sides in the lawsuit to waive their confidentiality agreements so that full testimonies can be heard. 

Marschner confirmed that Comstock also thinks Farenthold should resign, a break with Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanYou just can't keep good health policy down Trump blasts Congress for sending him omnibus bill that 'nobody read' Students bash Congress for inaction on gun control MORE (R-Wis.), whose office said that he will not call on Farenthold to step down because the Office of Congressional Ethics investigated the claims against Farenthold and found no "substantial reason to believe" them, Politico reported.

The Hill has reached out to Comstock for comment.