Texas Republican Has Not Repaid Taxpayers For Harassment Settlement

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Rep. Blake Farenthold settled a sexual harassment claim with $84,000 of taxpayer money.

After it became public that Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) settled a sexual harassment claim with $84,000 of taxpayer money, Farenthold said he would reimburse the full amount.

But according to CNN, the Texas Republican has yet to make that money available.

Nearly one month after the initial statement, Farenthold's communications director, Stacey Daniels, tells CNN that he has not yet written a check, and on the advice of counsel is waiting to see what changes the House will make to the Congressional Accountability Act before repaying those funds.

On December 4, Farenthold told a local TV station, KRIS in Corpus Christi, Texas, "I'm ... going to hand a check over this week to probably Speaker Ryan or somebody and say, 'Look, here's the amount of my settlement. Give it back to the taxpayers. 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.'" But that check is on hold.

The disgraced congressman has since said he will not seek re-election.

Farenthold was already being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for allegations of sexual harassment from the former aide, Lauren Greene, who received the $84,000 settlement after she sued Farenthold in December 2014 for gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.