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Grijalva, accused of drunken shenanigans, revealed another secret ‘hush fund,’ ‘Washington Times’ reports

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From left, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., Rep. Luis Gutierrez D-Ill., Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., second from right, march on Capitol Hill during a immigration rally in Washington. /Photo source unknown

By S.A. Miller

ep. Raul M. 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, revealing yet another way that lawmakers can use taxpayer dollars to hide their misbehavior on Capitol Hill.

Update: Grijalva calls for apology after paper reveals $48,000 settlement

While the Office of Compliance has been the focus of outrage on Capitol Hill for hush-money payouts in sexual harassment cases, the Grijalva payout points to another office that lawmakers can use to sweep accusations under the rug with taxpayer-funded settlements negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, which acts as the attorney for all House offices.

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.


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