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REPORT: Hillary Ignored Requests In 2008 That She Fire Advisor Who Allegedly Sexually Harassed An Aide

On Friday, The New York Times reported that in 2008, Hillary Clinton ignored requests that she remove a man who was her “faith advisor” from her presidential campaign because he had been accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young female aide.

As Maggie Haberman and Amy Chozick write, Burns Strider, who was a co-founder of the American Values Network, was only punished by losing several weeks of pay and undergoing counseling, despite the fact he had, according to the young female victim who was 30 at the time, rubbed her shoulders inappropriately, kissed her on the forehead and sent her a series of suggestive emails, one of which was sent during the night. The young woman has claimed she signed a nondisclosure agreement preventing her from publicly discussing the internal workings of the campaign.

Haberman and Chozick spoke to eight former campaign officials and associates of Mrs. Clinton regarding the issue; they asserted that 2008 campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle spoke with other senior campaign officials about the alleged sexual harassment. According to the Times, “The complaint was taken to Ms. Doyle, the campaign manager, who approached Mrs. Clinton and urged that Mr. Strider, who was married at the time, be fired, according to the officials familiar with what took place. Mrs. Clinton said she did not want to, and instead he remained on her staff.”

Strider reportedly sent Hillary Clinton scripture readings every morning for months during the 2008 campaign. He later was hired by Correct the Record, a group that was founded by David Brock and supported Hillary’s 2016 run; three sources familiar with management there told the Times that he was fired after several months for workplace issues; allegations were made that he harassed a young female aide.

The Times reported that a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton offered a statement from Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners, which represented the Clinton 2008 campaign. The statement asserted, “To ensure a safe working environment, the campaign had a process to address complaints of misconduct or harassment. When matters arose, they were reviewed in accordance with these policies, and appropriate action was taken. This complaint was no exception.”