Tables Turn as Radical Impeach Trump Democrat Faces Ethics Probe

  • 06/21/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Tables Turn as Radical Impeach Trump Democrat Faces Ethics Probe
A radical ecosocialist working to impeach President Trump is finally getting a House investigation of unethical and abusive behavior.

Except, it’s against him.

“The House Ethics Committee is examining allegations that Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the Natural Resources Committee chairman, created a hostile workplace, his spokesman confirmed on Friday,” Politico reports.

“The ethics probe comes four years after the Natural Resources Committee shelled out more than $48,000 to settle a complaint by a former female staffer over a hostile work environment linked to Grijalva’s alcohol use,” Politico reports.

“The investigation stems from a severance pay settlement from a complaint a former staffer filed with the congressional Office of Compliance alleging Grijalva was frequently drunk at work and created a hostile environment in his office,” Energy and Environmental News reports. In exchange for the payment, the staffer agreed not to sue Grijalva. The money came out of the Natural Resources Committee's operating funds and amounted to five additional months of salary.”

Grijalva is one of the House’s most radical members when it comes to Trump impeachment, voting for impeachment resolutions and demanding Trump be overthrown, despite his own ethics problems polling showing only about 22% of Americans agree.

“Grijalva is one of the most senior Hispanic lawmakers in the House and is in his first term as chairman of the Natural Resources Committee. Elected to Congress in 2002, the Arizona Democrat is a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and past chairman of the Progressive Caucus,” Politico notes.

This isn’t the first time Grijalva’s attacks on Trump officials have backfired due to his own unethical behavior.

“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday accused the House Natural Resources Committee's top Democrat of ‘drunken’ behavior and paying "hush money" after the Democrat called for the secretary to resign for his series of ethics scandals,” Politico reported Nov. 30, 2018.

“‘It's hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle,’ Zinke wrote on his official Interior Department Twitter account after Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) published an op-ed asking for Zinke's resignation,” Politico reported.

The tweet was posted at 12:02 p.m. on a Friday. Grijalva, who denies having an alcohol problem, was in a popular Capitol Hill bar at the time.

“The Arizona Democrat and likely next House Natural Resources Committee chairman left the Tune Inn on Pennsylvania Avenue shortly after Zinke blasted out his extraordinarily harsh tweet to 88,000-plus followers, the multiple sources told E&E News. Zinke suggestively cited the same bar in his 12:02 p.m. tweet, writing #TuneInnForMore,” Energy and Environmental News reported at the time.
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