Congressman Blake Farenthold announces resignation amid sex harassment scandal

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"Even though I planned serving the rest of my word at Congress, I know in my own heart it's moment for me personally to move and look for fresh strategies to function", Mr. Farenthold mentioned in a statement Friday, devoting his staff, his family members as well as the Republicans who elected him.

Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican who faced pressure to resign after sexual harassment allegations - but said he would retire at the end of his current term instead - unexpectedly announced Friday he would step down effective immediately.

Farenthold pledged to pay back taxpayers, but he has yet to shell out the funds.

The House Ethics Committee announced previous year that it would be investigating Farenthold's use of taxpayer funds to settle his sexual harassment suit, but the findings of that inquiry have not yet been released.

It is unclear why the sudden resignation occurred.

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In December, Farenthold announced that though he will not run for re-election, he intended on finishing out the remainder of his term. Farenthold denied he had used some of the crude sexual language the staffer described. Thank you so much.

Farenthold promptly deleted his Twitter and Facebook profiles.

Greene had also accused Farenthold of making sexually suggestive comments to her, and said he had told another aide he had sexual fantasies about Greene, according to news reports.

Late a year ago, when Farenthold said that he would not seek re-election to a fifth term, he also pledged to repay the settlement made to his former communications director, Lauren Greene.

"And as a result, I allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too permissive and decidedly unprofessional", he said at the time. "Once the final bill is done and the law is changed and is complete and he can see that, he will make a determination of how he proceeds". Most importantly, I've been able to help countless people, especially veterans with their problems with the federal government.

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