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Sen. Rubio takes swift action, fires chief of staff over weekend after allegations of misconduct

Sen. Marco Rubio fired his chief of staff after receiving allegations of misconduct. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) acted swiftly and fired his chief of staff Clint Reed over the weekend after being informed of allegations of improper conduct.

What's the story?

Rubio was "made aware, for the first time," on Friday about the accusations, the senator said in a statement released late Saturday.

"These allegations were reported directly to me instead of our General Counsel or the Congressional Office of Compliance," the statement read.

He said an investigation was launched immediately, along with the assistance of the general counsel.

According to Rubio's statement, there was "sufficient evidence" to show that Reed violated office policies regarding "proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates."

"I further concluded that this led to actions, which in my judgment, amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits," Rubio added.

On Saturday, Rubio traveled from Florida to Washington where he fired Reed.

Who are Reed's accusers?

The senator's office has not released the names of Reed's accusers.

"Pursuant to the wishes of those victimized by this conduct, we will not be disclosing any further details about the incidents which occurred," the statement said.

What else?

Reed has worked as Rubio's chief of staff since January 2017, and has worked in other positions for the senator since 2015, according to LinkedIn.

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