Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves from Judiciary Post and Resigns from Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Facing fallout from a lawsuit, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has resigned from her post as Board Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF). She also stepped aside temporarily from her chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee’s Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) will serve as interim Chairwoman of the Subcommittee "until the matter is resolved and Representative Jackson Lee can resume the role of Chair. "This all stems from a former staffer for Jackson Lee who filed a lawsuit claiming that the Congresswoman fired her in retaliation for legal measures she was getting ready to take against a former employee of the CBCF for an alleged sexual assault. Lynne Bernabei, a lawyer for the woman, said that the woman wished to remain anonymous to limit the fallout from the case. The woman alleges that Damien Jones, a former Intern Coordinator for the CBCF, raped her in October 2015 when she was a 19-year-old intern. She declined to press charges at the time, but years later changed her mind. She says she went to Jackson Lee’s Chief of Staff, Glenn Rushing, in early 2018 of her plans. Jane Doe then asked to speak with Jackson Lee -- whom she was working for when she decided to file suit -- but was not given a meeting and was fired weeks later, allegedly in retaliation. “We had nothing to do with any of the actions that have been cited and the person was not wrongfully terminated,” Rushing told BuzzFeed; Jane Doe was told she was being let go for budget reasons. Citing the legal proceedings, Jackson Lee’s office said it could not discuss specific details of the case but asserted that she would be cleared of any wrongdoing. “The congresswoman is confident that, once all of the facts come to light, her office will be exonerated of any retaliatory or otherwise improper conduct and this matter will be put to rest,” the statement said. More here.