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Clinton 'regrets' not firing aide in sexual harassment case

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Feb 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, Jan 31: Hillary Clinton has expressed regret for not firing a senior adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a subordite.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, moments before US President Dold Trump began his State of the Union address, Clinton sought to explain her decision to deliver a less severe punishment to Burns Strider, who was her faith adviser, despite a recommendation from her campaign mager that Strider be fired.

The 30-year-old woman who made the complaint shared an office with Strider, the New York Times said when it broke the story of the claims last week.

It said that, according to three former campaign officials, she had complained that Strider had rubbed her shoulders ippropriately, kissed her on the forehead and sent suggestive emails.

When her complaint was investigated, two advisers, including her campaign mager, recommended Strider to be sacked, but instead Clinton moved her to a new role, while Strider stayed in place, the Washington Post reported.

Clinton said that the woman’s complaint was taken seriously and that she decided on a more lenient punishment which included demoting Strider, docking his pay and separating him from the woman as well as putting in place “technical barriers to his emailing her.” Clinton said she decided to do so “because I didn’t think firing him was the best solution to the problem”. (IANS)

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