Hillary Clinton Protected 2008 Campaign Staffer Accused of Sexual Misconduct (Report)

“Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not,” writes the New York Times

Last Updated: January 26, 2018 @ 7:52 PM

Hillary Clinton protected a senior 2008 presidential campaign adviser, according to a bombshell New York Times report published Friday.

“Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job,” writes Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Amy Chozik.

A statement provided to the paper by the law firm Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners, who represented the 2008 campaign, defended the decision saying the typical protocols were followed.

“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,” it said, according to the Times.

The incident surrounding Strider concerned his behavior around a 30-year-old female staffer who said he sent her suggestive emails and touched her inappropriately in public.

While her 2008 and 2016 campaigns have been hailed as a milestone for women’s empowerment, Clinton herself has been unable to fully embrace the MeToo movement.

The candidate and former Secretary of State has been dogged by accusations that she covered up for the transgressions of her philandering husband Bill Clinton who has been accused of several acts of sexual misconduct — including rape during the course of his career.

Reps for the Clinton Foundation did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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