Schumer aide dismissed last year over 'inappropriate encounters'

Schumer aide dismissed last year over 'inappropriate encounters'
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Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action MORE’s (D-N.Y.) longtime communications director Matt House was pushed out late last year after it was revealed he was having "inappropriate encounters" with junior staffers.

“Upon learning that he had inappropriate encounters within the office and that it was making some staff uncomfortable, he was asked to leave,” a Schumer spokesperson confirmed to The Hill on Friday.

The Huffington Post was the first to report on the circumstances surrounding House's departure.

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House’s nearly six-year tenure working as a top aide for the Senate minority leader had been praised as an effective one, though many were surprised in November when he left Schumer’s staff without a high-profile job lined up.

“I absolutely loved my time working in the Senate and it was the honor of my life. I deeply regret the mistakes I made on the number of occasions when I had too much to drink, and I apologize to anyone who was affected by my behavior. I have always respected all of my colleagues and I was horrified to learn that I made anyone feel uncomfortable,” House told The Huffington Post.

“In the past three months, I’ve stopped drinking and I’ve committed to making myself a better colleague and person.” 

A person familiar with the matter said no formal legal complaints were filed against House through Schumer’s Senate office.

Prior to working for Schumer, House had worked in then-Sen. Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump, Biden in dead heat in hypothetical 2020 matchup among Texas voters Biden calls for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act MORE’s (D-Del.) 2008 presidential campaign and in former Rep. Paul Hodes’s (D-N.H.) congressional office and failed Senate campaign.