House Ethics calls on Farenthold to pay back $84K taxpayer-funded harassment settlement

House Ethics calls on Farenthold to pay back $84K taxpayer-funded harassment settlement
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The House Ethics Committee on Thursday called on former Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdFormer aides alleging sexual harassment on Capitol Hill urge congressional action AP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups MORE (R-Texas) to follow through on his pledge to reimburse the $84,000 in taxpayer dollars used to settle a sexual harassment claim.

Farenthold resigned Friday, just ahead of the committee's April 11 scheduled vote on the allegations against him. The panel dropped its investigation since it "no longer has jurisdiction" over the former congressman, according to a statement released by Ethics Chairwoman Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksWomen poised to take charge in Dem majority Hillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Press shuts out lawmakers to win congressional softball game MORE (R-Ind.) and ranking member Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHouse panels set up to probe indicted GOP Reps. Collins, Hunter Ivanka Trump on mass shooting: 'Our hearts are with Jacksonville' Top Ethics Dem calls for Nielsen to resign MORE (D-Fla.). 


"We note Representative Farenthold publicly promised to reimburse the U.S. Treasury for $84,000 in funds paid to settle the lawsuit brought against him for claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation," the statement reads. "We encourage him in the strongest possible terms to uphold that promise." 

The Texas lawmaker's former communications director, Lauren Greene, sued her boss for allegedly fostering a hostile work environment.

After coming under fire in December for using an Office of Compliance account to pay his accuser, Farenthold said he would retire at the end of his term before ultimately deciding to step down in April. 

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests MORE (R-Wis.) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversHouse Dem campaign chief presses GOP on banning use of hacked materials Trump is wrong, Dems are fighting to save Medicare and Social Security Hillicon Valley: Ex-Trump campaign adviser gets 14 days in jail | Tesla stocks fall after Elon Musk smokes weed on video | Dem, GOP talks over hacked info break down | Russian extradited over massive financial hack | Whole Foods workers trying to unionize MORE (Ohio) have also called on the embattled former rep to return the funds.