The Washington Times is reporting that Arizona Democrat Rep. Raul M. Grijalva quietly arranged a “severance package” for a top staffer in 2015 who claimed the congressman was “frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment.”
How a House Dem accused of drunken shenanigans revealed another secret ‘hush fund’https://t.co/UAFGQSwhGJ
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 28, 2017
New: Congressman Raul Grijalva quietly arranged a “severance package” in 2015 for one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming the Arizona Democrat was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment. https://t.co/DWy957vbPx
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 28, 2017
The employment counsel negotiated a deal for taxpayers to give $48,395 — five additional months’ salary — to the female aide, who left her job after three months. She didn’t pursue the hostile workplace complaint further.
The arrangement appears to run contrary to House rules that constrain severance packages, and it caught the eye of watchdogs who were already demanding answers about payouts in the wake of harassment complaints.
The House Employment Counsel acts as the attorney for all House offices.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) November 28, 2017
How the fuck are public servants authorized to issue "severance packages"?
— Samantha Greene (@dptofinjustice) November 28, 2017
Drip drip drip https://t.co/NxlwEaCChX
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) November 28, 2017
The swamp continues to drain. https://t.co/jfCLIRimyX
— Jason Landin (@EmperorJayLay7) November 28, 2017
Color me shocked! I don’t understand why either of these things are surprising to people. https://t.co/X8nOyZ6Tun
— Ashleigh ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@BlesssUrHeart) November 28, 2017
— Jack (@NBA_GM) November 28, 2017
I'm shocked that this scumbag is a scumbag when he's drunk, too. https://t.co/3KL2ciQSwN
— RBe (@RBPundit) November 28, 2017
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Here’s an interesting find by C-SPAN:
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 28, 2017