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GOP lawmaker's chief of staff resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations: report

GOP lawmaker's chief of staff resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations: report
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Rep. Neal DunnNeal Patrick DunnActing FTC chair urges Congress to revive agency authority after Supreme Court decision OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE's (R-Fla.) chief of staff stepped down on Wednesday, a day after the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him and his former boss, Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.).

The chief of staff, Brian Schubert, has worked for Dunn since his election in November 2016.

"Brian Schubert resigned this morning. It is Rep. Dunn’s policy to make no comments regarding personnel issues," Dunn's office told WCTV in Tallahassee, Fla., in a statement.

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Meehan announced last month that he will not seek reelection this year, after The New York Times reported that he used taxpayer funds to settle a harassment complaint by a former staffer.

Meehan, who is married, has said he did not harass the woman and called the payment severance. 

Schubert faced allegations that he had sexually harassed the same woman. 

Meehan fired Schubert in 2016 after he found out he had made unwanted advances on the staffer. After Schubert's exit, Meehan allegedly also made advances toward the woman, according to the Times report.

The House Ethics Committee, which Meehan used to sit on, voted unanimously on Tuesday to open an investigation into the allegations against Meehan and Schubert.