INSANE: Legislator Says $15 MILLION In Taxpayer Funds Used To Settle Sexual Harassment Claims In Congress

by EMILY ZANOTTI November 16, 2017

esswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) revealed Tuesday on MSNBC, that more than $15 million in taxpayer funds has been used to settle sexual harassment lawsuits filed against members of Congress.

That number, Speier told host Chuck Todd, represents only what the House of Representatives has paid out over the last decade. She left open the possibility that taxpayers were on the hook for much more.

"We do know there is about $15 million that has been paid out by the House on behalf of harassers in the last 10 to 15 years," Sepier revealed.

Speier told a Congressional committee earlier in the day that two current members of Congress - one Republican and one Democrat - are among the legislators targeted in the sexual harassment suits. She declined to name the two members. She told the House Administration Committee that it was not immediately clear whether either member was subject to an internal review process.

Speier herself also claims to have been a victim of sexual harassment when she was a legislative staffer.

As far as the cases involving current members of Congress, Speier says she cannot reveal details of the sexual harassment claims, but said that at least one House staffer complained of "having their private parts grabbed on the House floor."

Identifying details remain subject to a non-disclosure agreement, and Speier told Todd that she has no intention of naming Congressional abusers if it means the victims will face consequences - but she will work to ensure any future cases aren't placed under lock and key.

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