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INVESTIGATE: Esty Says She Reimbursed Treasury for $5K Payment to Baker. What Was a Second, $4.5K Payment For?

March 30, 2018 By Staff
INVESTIGATE: Esty Says She Reimbursed Treasury for $5K Payment to Baker. What Was a Second, $4.5K Payment For?

The congresswoman told the CT Post and The Washington Post she reimbursed the Treasury Department for $5,000 in severance paid to abuse ex-chief of staff Tony Baker. What was a second, $4,500 payment for?

On Thursday night, the CT Post and The Washington Post released bombshell reports on how Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) helped an abusive ex-staffer obtain a soft landing at an anti-gun non-profit’s Ohio branch.

One part of Esty’s defense is noting, to both outlets, that she personally reimbursed the U.S. Treasury Department for a $5,000 severance payment made to the abusive ex-staffer, former chief of staff Tony Baker.

But a review of U.S. House disbursements for the third quarter of 2016 (page 699), when Baker left Esty’s office, reveals two payments of “Other Compensation” to Baker: one payment of $5,041.67 and another of $4,583.33.

These payments, covering the period of 08/01/16 to 08/12/16, are marked “Other Compensation,” and appear to be separate from Baker’s $15,400 compensation as chief of staff, which ran 07/01/16 to 08/12/16.

This begs the questions:

  • What was the $4,583.33 payment for?
  • Did Esty reimburse the Treasury Department for that payment as well?

It seems, at this point, there are more questions than answers about the allegations against Esty and her former staffer.