The New York Times is reporting that in 2008, a senior adviser to the Clinton presidential campaign was kept on staff despite sexual harassment accusations against him from another campaign staffer.
Burns Strider served as Clinton’s spiritual adviser, but despite urging from other staff members, was not removed from his position per Clinton’s request. Instead, he was docked several weeks pay and sent to counseling. The staffer accusing Strider of repeated sexual harassment was moved to a different job on the campaign.
From the article in the New York Times:
Those familiar with the accounts said that, over the years, a number of advisers urged Mrs. Clinton to sever ties with Mr. Strider, and people familiar with what took place did not want to see Mrs. Clinton blamed for the misconduct of men she was close to.
Strider never completed his counseling and in 2016 was again accused of harassment and was fired from Correct the Record, a PAC formed to support Clinton’s second presidential campaign.
Clinton campaign staffers including the young woman accusing Strider have not publicly commented on the matter (until now) as all were required to sign a NDA which barred employees from publicly discussing internal dynamics within the Clinton campaign.
Today, Hillary tried to smooth things over with these two tweets.
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
Anyone familiar with the Clinton’s history shouldn’t be surprised by these revelations. Bill Clinton has been accused of rape and sexual harassment nearly his whole life. And when the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, Lena Dunham claimed she warned the Clinton campaign in 2016 that he Weinstein was a rapist and they ignored it.
Wonder if Clinton supporters, in light of this new revelation and with the timing of the #MeToo movement, will still be with her?