Senator Marco Rubio announced on Saturday that he will be firing his chief of staff after receiving several allegations of improper conduct about the employee.
Before firing his former chief of staff, Rubio remarked in a statement that there was not sufficient evidence to conclude that his chief of staff had engaged in inappropriate behavior. There wasn't, at the time of his statement, enough evidence to conclude that he had "violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates."
However, after further investigation into the allegations, Rubio decided that there was a reason to let his chief of staff go.
“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 said in his statement, according to Rollcall.
Clinton Reed, Rubio's chief of staff, first began to work for Rubio as his Iowa state director in October 2015. He also served as Rubio's campaign manager during the re-election campaign for Senate in 2016.
Rubio was first made aware of these reports on Friday and immediately began investigating the matter. Rubio claimed that he traveled from Florida to Washington D.C. on Saturday evening merely to fire his chief of staff. He apparently took the allegations very seriously, especially after investigating them further and finding ample reason to believe that improper conduct took place.
NBC News reports that in an official statement, Rubio remarked that his office would formally notify the appropriate congressional and Senate administrative offices of the situation on Monday. According to the Florida Senator, his office will take the appropriate measures to ensure that those impacted by the conduct would have access to any services that they require, both now and in the future.
“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," it said.
“If victims of harassment come to believe that they cannot report harassment without having their identities revealed, it may discourage those who do not want to be publicly identified from reporting cases of harassment in the future,” Rubio said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has been under sharp criticism after she decided to ignore accusations that a top aid had sexually harassed a young woman. In fact, Clinton herself officially "overruled" a recommendation that she fire a top campaign staffer accused of sexual harassment in 2008, according to reports.
According to Rollcall, the Office of Compliance has also come under criticism in recent months for having drawn out the process for handling sexual harassment claims. Bipartisan legislation has been proposed in order to combat this troubling tendency, with many representatives proposing to simplify the process and prohibit making nondisclosure agreements a condition for filing the complaint.
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