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During her 2008 bid for the presidency, Clinton is alleged to have protected her faith advisor Burns Strider after a subordinate accused him of sexual harassment, the New York Times reported Friday.
The complaint came from a 30-year-old aide who shared an office with Strider, who said he had inappropriately rubbed her shoulders, kissed her forehead, and sent suggestive emails even though he was married.
Clinton’s campaign manager advised her to fire Strider, but Clinton refused. She instead docked his pay for a few weeks, ordered him to go to counseling, and moved the young woman who complained into a different position.
Strider would send Clinton scripture passages each morning. He went on to co-found the American Values Network, a faith organization. Five years later, he joined Correct the Record, a super PAC run by Clinton booster David Brock, which supported Clinton’s 2016 run. Within months, Strider was fired over a number of complaints, including accusations of harassing a young aide.
“To ensure a safe working environment, the campaign had a process to address complaints of misconduct or harassment. When matters arose, they were reviewed in accordance with these policies, and appropriate action was taken,” Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners said in a statement. “This complaint is no exception.”
Weird that a 2008 HRC staffer sexual harassment story gets dragged out of the closet at the exact same time as the Republican National Committee Finance Chair, Steve Wynn's decades-long pattern of sexual harassment and abuse scandal is breaking.— Andrew Hibbard (@andrewhibbard) January 26, 2018
Probably just a coincidence.
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