The Home Ethics Committee mentioned Thursday that it might increase its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to Rep. Blake Farenthold to find out whether or not he misused Home sources or made false statements in his testimony to the Committee.
The Committee launched its investigation on Dec. 7 after stories that he settled a sexual harassment declare together with his former communications director Lauren Greene for $84,000 utilizing taxpayer cash.
It mentioned it might increase the scope of the investigation to find out whether or not Farenthold’s congressional employees “used Home sources, together with employees time, to profit his congressional campaigns.” The Committee may even look into “allegations that Consultant Farenthold could have made false statements of omissions in testimony to the Committee.”
Farenthold’s workplace claimed the 56-year-old congressman has cooperated with the ethics committee for “virtually three years,” noting that the committee discovered as soon as earlier than that there was no substantiation to the fees.
“He appears to be like ahead to this subject being resolved in his favor, as soon as once more,” a spokeswoman mentioned in a press release.
Farenthold introduced his resignation from Congress final week, citing the swirl of allegations as “a political distraction.”
He issued a video apology on his marketing campaign’s Fb web page, admitting that he created an “unprofessional” office.
“I’d by no means served in public workplace earlier than. I had no concept how you can run a congressional workplace, and in consequence I allowed a office tradition to take root in my workplace that was too permissive and decidedly unprofessional,” Farenthold mentioned.
The Committee mentioned Thursday that it might additionally examine sexual harassment allegations in opposition to Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada, who mentioned he wouldn’t search re-election subsequent yr.
With Chris Sommerfeldt