Hillary Clinton responds to report she shielded aide accused of sexual harassment


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Rpt: Clinton ignored call to fire aide accused of harassment

According to the New York Times, Hillary Clinton shielded faith adviser Burns Strider after co-worker accused him of sexual harassment; reaction and analysis on 'The Five.'

Hillary Clinton responded late Friday to a report that she helped protect a senior adviser to her 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of sexually harassing a young subordinate.

The New York Times reported earlier Friday that Clinton kept faith adviser Burns Strider on her team even after a 30-year-old campaign staffer, who shared an office with him, complained that he rubbed her shoulders inappropriately, kissed her on the forehead and sent suggestive emails.

Clinton responded to the accusations on Twitter, in which she said she was “dismayed” when it occurred, but also that she was “heartened” that the woman came forward and had her concerns "taken seriously and addressed.”

Additionally, Clinton said that she called the woman in question to tell her that all women “deserve to be heard.”

I called her today to tell her how proud I am of her and to make sure she knows what all women should: we deserve to be heard.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 27, 2018

But while Clinton claimed that the woman’s concerns were "addressed," the Times reports that Clinton ignored recommendations from top advisers that she fire Burns. Instead he was docked pay and ordered to undergo counseling. The woman, meanwhile, was moved to a different job.

Strider sent Clinton scripture readings every morning during the 2008 campaign, according to The Times. Strider was hired five years later to lead an independent group that supported Clinton’s 2016 presidential run, Correct the Record, which was launched by David Brock.

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