Raúl Grijalva Cleared by Ethics
The House Committee on Ethics has cleared Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) in a probe on the settlement he made with a former female staffer who had accused him of creating a hostile workplace and being drunk on the job. According to documents obtained by The Hill, the ethics panel unanimously voted to dismiss the allegations that Grijalva had misused funds. The probe was looking into whether he misused funds after he paid the ex-staffer $48,000 in 2015, when she left his office after working there for three months. “It’s been a bane on my family; politically, it’s used against me whether it’s the midterms or anything else. I don’t know if this necessarily makes it go away, but it does minimize the lies and for that I’m happy,” Grijalva said. The issue was recently thrust back into the headlines after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came after the Congressman when Grijalva penned an op-ed calling on Zinke to resign. “It’s hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle,” Zinke wrote. A reminder that while Grijalva is set to become the Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee in the 116th Congress, Zinke was forced to tender his resignation amid growing ethics scandals. More here.