Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton allegedly retained a top adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign even after she learned that he was accused of sexual harassment.
Four sources told The New York Times that Burns Strider, who served as Clinton’s faith adviser, was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young staffer.
Clinton’s campaign manager at the time, Patti Solis Doyle, requested that Clinton fire Strider, but instead Clinton insisted that he he undergo counseling and lose several weeks of pay. The young woman was reassigned and forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
The 30-year-old woman accused Strider of rubbing her shoulders in an inappropriate manner, kissing her on the forehead and sending her suggestive emails.
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Strider sent Clinton emails with scripture readings every morning for months on the campaign.
Strider went on to lead Correct the Record, an independent group that supported Clinton’s 2016 campaign. He was fired from that group after several months, which three sources partially attributed to his harassment of a young female aide.
Strider did not return the Times’ request for comment.
The law firm that represented Clinton’s campaign in 2008 released the following statement:
“To ensure a safe working environment, the campaign had a process to address complaints of misconduct or harassment,” Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners stated. “When matters arose, they were reviewed in accordance with these policies, and appropriate action was taken. This complaint was no exception.”