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GOP Rep. Mia Love: Farenthold should resign

Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveBlack Dems take lead in push to impeach Trump Airbnb ad: 'Let's open doors, not build walls' Haitians protest Trump outside Trump Tower MORE (Utah) called on fellow Republican Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdHouse passes landmark bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy on Capitol Hill House to vote on sexual harassment overhaul this week This week: Congress races to prevent another shutdown MORE to resign on Thursday following reports that the Texas lawmaker used taxpayer money to settle a 2014 lawsuit with a former aide who claims Farenthold sexually harassed her.

Love was asked on CNN if Farenthold should resign after the House Ethics Committee announced Thursday it would impanel a subcommittee to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against him.

"Well, look, this is a culture of behavior, and I don't think that he thinks he's done anything wrong," Love said. "But the fact is, somebody was paid off. And what's frustrating to me is, the money that was used, it's taxpayer dollars."

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"I think that he should voluntarily resign," Love added when pressed by CNN's Kate Bolduan.

Love's comments come after Farenthold vowed earlier this week to reimburse taxpayers for the $84,000 spent settling the lawsuit filed by Lauren Greene, his former communications director.

Earlier Thursday, Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenOvernight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Pawlenty departing Wall Street group as campaign rumors swirl Bachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' MORE (D-Minn.) announced his resignation in response to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersHouse passes landmark bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy on Capitol Hill Wynn Resorts stock price plummets after sexual misconduct report CNN: Judges rarely face discipline for sexual harassment complaints MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) announced earlier this week that he would also retire over similar accusations.

“I want to be clear that I didn’t do anything wrong, but I also don’t want the taxpayers to be on the hook for this," Farenthold said Monday. "And I want to be able to talk about it and fix the system without people saying, ‘Blake, you benefited from the system, you don’t have a right to talk about it or fix it.' "

Greene, who left Farenthold's employment in 2014, described her search for work after the settlement as a "tough road" in an interview with Politico this week.

“It’s definitely turned my life upside down,” Greene said.

“It’s been a tough road. Emotionally, it was tough. Professionally, it’s been hard to figure out next steps. And it’s definitely had an impact on my career,” she said.