Watchdog Group Files Complaint Against Elizabeth EstyApril 6, 2018
The troubles continue for the Connecticut Democrat, who announced her retirement this week after accusations she ignored abuse allegations against her ex-chief of staff for months.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a “non-partisan ethics watchdog group,” filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) on Thursday.
According to FACT’s release, the group is asking for an investigation into four aspects of Esty’s response to the incident involving her abusive ex-chief of staff:
- “Continuing to employ and pay her chief of staff with taxpayer dollars even after he was apparently no longer working in that capacity, agreeing to pay him $5,000 plus other monetary benefits.”
- “Inappropriately using her position as a Member of the House, and the credibility and influence that comes along with it, to right a glowing recommendation for Baker shortly after the harassment and threats of violence were substantiated.”
- “Using a personal email address to communicate about the severance and release agreement with Baker, which raises concerns that either she was attempting to hide information from the public or she regularly uses her personal email address to conduct House business.”
- “Allowing her current chief of staff to threaten a journalist to cover up the use of a personal email address.”
The complaint could create more headaches for Esty, who will not run for re-election in the fall. It may also lead to more answers to constituents’ questions about how Esty handled the scandal, which broke open to the public last week.
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