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The announcement comes months after reports from the House Ethics Committee that it would open an investigation into the now former congressman and whether he sexualy harrassed a former staffer, then retaliated against her when she reported his conduct.

"While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it's time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve", he said in the statement, which thanked his staff, family and constituents but offered no further rationale for his decision to immediately resign. Greg Abbott saying his resignation would be effective 5 p.m. Friday. Still, the congressman apologized in that video for an office atmosphere he said included "destructive gossip, offhand comments, off-color jokes and behavior that, in general, was less than professional".

Farenthold is the latest of several US lawmakers who have resigned or not sought re-election after being accused of sexual harassment.

It was reported that Farenthold had used taxpayer money to pay a settlement to his former aide, Lauren Greene, who accused the Texas Republican of sexual harassment. At moment, he was clearly one of several lawmakers to declare his ultimate departure from Congress after being accused of sexual discrimination and harassment.

Farenthold had said he would repay the $84,000, but there is no record or claim that he has done so yet.

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A spokeswoman for Mr. Farenthold did not answer questions regarding whether he had met that promise or whether he'd do this later jelqing.

However, the congressman used $84,000 controlled by the Congressional Office of Compliance to settle the lawsuit in 2015, triggering a probe past year by the House Ethics Committee after news reports of the payment. "Congress must hold ourselves to a higher standard and regain the trust of the American people", he said in a statement.

Farenthold was first elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, defeating Democratic Rep. Solomon Ortiz.

The Texas Republican said he sent a letter to Texas Gov.


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