Rep. Farenthold's Former Aide Describes Abusive Behavior In CNN Report

Elias Hubbard
December 14, 2017

In a statement to CNN, Farenthold denied verbally abusing his staff or making inappropriate comments to Rekola about his then-fiancee. Farenthold has been under fire recently after information was released that the settlement in a sexual harassment case against Farenthold was paid with taxpayer money from a little-known Treasury Department fund for workplace settlements.

The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation into the allegations.

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"Every time he didn't like something, he would call me a f--tard or idiot". He said that he was preparing to leave town for his wedding, when the congressman remarked: "Better have your fiancée blow you before she walks down the aisle - it will be the last time".

CNN corroborated Rekola's story with his wife, friends, colleagues and also reviewed his medical records and correspondence with friends and colleagues at the time. He said he left his job soon after Farenthold made those comments in 2015. That lawsuit, filed in 2014 by a former staffer, alleged that the congressman sexually harassed her and retaliated against her when she complained about his behavior. The Ethics Committee is also looking into those allegations.

Love was the first from her party to urge Farenthold to step down. He said he did refer to aides as "fucktards" ― but said it was a joke. She said he often would throw things or wipe objects off his desk when he was angry and aides often had to clean up after him when he would have outbursts.

Farenthold admitted to frequent use of the term f*cktards, but said it was "in jest, not anger".

"In hindsight, I admit it wasn't appropriate", he told CNN.

"Like any staffer who's been bullied, I knew that the dirty secret is: There's no remedy for staffers like us".

Read the full CNN report here.

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