Florida Sen. Marco Rubio terminated the employment of his chief of staff Saturday evening after determining the official violated office policies regarding relations between supervisors and subordinates.
“By early this afternoon, I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my Chief of Staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates,” Rubio, a Republican, wrote in a press statement. The statement did not mention the staffer’s name, but multiple news outlets have identified the chief as Clint Reed.
He did not disclose the nature of the offense, but he did suggest the official might have been threatening the subordinate with punishment.
“I further concluded that this led to actions which in my judgement amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits,” Rubio added. Rubio investigated the incident after the allegations were reported to him instead of his General Counsel or the Congressional Office of Compliance.
“We have taken steps to ensure that those impacted by this conduct have access to any services they may require now or in the future,” he noted. “Pursuant to the wishes of those victimized by this conduct, we will not be disclosing any further details about the incidents which occurred.”
Rubio’s decision come shortly after news that 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.
Burns Strider, who served as Clinton’s faith adviser, was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young staffer, according to a report published Friday in The New York Times.
Clinton’s campaign manager at the time, Patti Solis Doyle, requested that Clinton fire Strider, but instead Clinton insisted that he undergo counseling and lose several weeks of pay. The young woman was reassigned and forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
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