Congressman Blake Farenthold will withdraw from the 2018 Texas 27th Congressional District race but, Farenthold is expected to finish his term. Newscenter 25 is working to get more details from the Farenthold camp. But you may remember the Congressman spoke to constituents via Skype on Wednesday saying, "I just want to let everyone know, I absolutely did not engage in any improper conduct. I was investigated by the office of congressional ethics, and they found 6-0, there wasn't enough effort ," said Farenthold.
"The house passed a version. The senate passed a version. Now just like we learned in School House Rock, its now down to a conference committee to come up with a version that both the Senate and the house can pass, and send off to President Trump. I was really concerned the senate was going to choke on this just like they did on fixing health care, but sure enough they got something done, and the system is working," said Farenthold.
The Congressman has also been accused of using $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle with a former aide who sued him for sexual harassment in 2014. Farenthold addresses the elephant in the room, saying the allegations are false.
"I just want to let everyone know, I absolutely did not engage in any improper conduct. I was investigated by the office of congressional ethics, and they found 6-0, there wasn't enough effort ," said Farenthold.
Farenthold says he cannot confirm how much the settlement amount was due to a confidentiality agreement, but says he is working on a loan to pay it back. He says if the loan doesn't come through he will start making payment installments.
"Because the law of the Congressional Accountability Act says those settlements must be paid by this account that is set up in the Treasury. It would have been illegal for me to pay. We're not even sure how get it back. I think what is going to end up happening, the payback mechanism, will be me making a donation to the government," said Farenthold.
Farenthold reiterates that this payment of the settlement is not an admission of guilt but believes the current system that requires tax payers to fund secret settlements must be fixed.
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