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Bombshell report says Hillary Clinton protected a campaign faith adviser accused of sexual assault
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Bombshell report says Hillary Clinton protected a campaign faith adviser accused of sexual assault

A bombshell report in The New York Times on Friday alleged that Hillary Clinton shielded an adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign after it was discovered that he'd allegedly sexually harassed another staffer.

What are the details?

According to four people with reported knowledge of the situation, a young female staffer accused Burns Strider — who served as a faith-based adviser to Clinton — of repeated sexual harassment in 2008.

Strider is also co-founder of the American Values Network.

According to the report, Clinton's then-campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle recommended that Clinton fire Strider, but instead, Clinton reportedly docked Strider's pay and requested that he attend counseling sessions.

The woman was reportedly made to sign a non-disclosure agreement and was moved to another job.

The accusations contained in the report allege that Strider — who was reportedly married at the time — sent the unnamed woman suggestive emails, and engaged in inappropriate physical contact that included shoulder-rubbing and forehead-kissing.

As Clinton's faith adviser, Strider sent Clinton daily emails containing Scripture.

What happened in the 2016 campaign?

Clinton was once again affiliated with Strider during her 2016 presidential campaign. Strider was appointed to lead an independent group — Correct the Record — which supported Clinton's campaign.

According to the report, Strider was fired several months later after taking the position when allegations of sexual harassment on the job surfaced.

A law firm that represented Clinton during the 2008 campaign told The New York Times that the alleged incident was handled by the campaign, and "appropriate action was taken."

"To ensure a safe working environment, the campaign had a process to address complaints of misconduct or harassment," a statement from Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners read. "When matters arose, they were reviewed in accordance with these policies, and appropriate action was taken. This complaint was no exception."

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