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Rick Nolan Retained Staffer on Campaign Payroll After Harassment Allegations
Three former female employees have alleged former legislative director Jim Swiderski sexually harassed them

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., above, retained former legislative director Jim Swiderski on his campaign payroll in 2015 even after Swiderski resigned from his congressional office amid sexual misconduct allegations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Just months after dismissing his top legislative aide in 2015 for multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Rep. Rick Nolan hired the aide to work on his 2016 re-election campaign.

Three former women employees for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor congressman told MinnPost, which originally reported this story, that Nolan’s legislative director, Jim Swiderski, repeatedly harassed — and in some cases groped — them in the early- and mid-2010s.

Latino Staffers Who Call the Shots on Capitol Hill
Seven aides discuss challenges they had to confront because of their backgrounds

Olivia Perez-Cubas is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s communications director. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Latino staffers are leading offices on Capitol Hill, running communications operations and advising some of the highest-ranking members of Congress.

Many started out their careers as interns. Some got their big break through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, or through someone looking out for them.

Goodlatte’s Threat to Hold Strzok in Contempt Most Likely an Empty One
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia would decide whether to prosecute the charge

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., threatened FBI agent Peter Strzok with contempt of Congress in the opening minutes of Strzok’s first public testimony about his role in 2016 investigations into President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just minutes into FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok’s first public testimony Thursday about his involvement in two 2016 FBI investigations involving presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte threatened Strzok with a contempt of Congress citation.

But if historical precedent is any indication, Goodlatte’s threat to the embattled witness would lead down a long and winding legal road — that would most likely dead-end at the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia’s desk.

As Trump Officials Are Heckled at Restaurants, Lieu Boasts About Free Dessert
Democratic rep highlights contrast over migrant family separation policy

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., received a free slice of baklava at a Greek restaurant recently. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Apparently no one’s chanting “Shame!” at Rep. Ted Lieu when he dines at Mexican restaurants, to the point he feels compelled to leave without finishing his dinner. Bartenders aren’t following him out onto the street from sushi bars to flash him middle fingers and curse at him.

Nope.

FBI’s Peter Strzok to Testify Before House Judiciary and Oversight Committees
Joint panel hearing will be Strzok’s first public testimony about involvement in Clinton email, Trump campaign and Russia probes

Peter Strzok will testify before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on July 10. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Update 7/6/18 1:28 p.m. | Embattled FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok will testify before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on Thursday, July 12, the first time he will speak in a public forum about his involvement in the 2016 investigations into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Republicans in Congress have railed against Strzok for months after an extensive series of texts from 2016 between Strzok and his mistress, DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, emerged in which the FBI agent said “we’ll stop” a Trump presidency.

Intern Who Shouted ‘F--- You’ at Trump Suspended for One Week
Caitlin Marriott, 21, an intern for Sen. Hassan, has been stripped of her ID badge

President Donald Trump pauses to make a remark to the media as he arrives for the House Republican caucus meeting in the basement go the Capitol last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

An intern in Sen. Maggie Hassan’s office who shouted, “Mr. President, f--- you” at President Donald Trump across the Senate Rotunda in the Capitol last week has been suspended from work for one week.

Fox News, citing unnamed sources, identified the intern as Caitlin Marriott, 21. While Hassan’s office didn’t identify her, it did confirm that she worked in the senator’s office.

Waters Urges More Protests Like Sanders at Restaurant, Others Plead for Civility
White House press secretary was asked to leave Virginia restaurant after protesters chanted DHS director out of another

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., urged supporters to protest Trump administration officials in public and refuse them service at restaurants and other local businesses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

At least one Democratic lawmaker is encouraging her supporters to rise up in spontaneous protest and refuse service to members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, the way press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was ousted from a Lexington, Virginia, restaurant last week.

But other Democrats decried the episode, urging their constituents not to discriminate against patrons, even if they disagree with their politics.

Kuster Wants Investigation Into Sexual Harassment in VA
More than a quarter of women employees in agency were harassed, government watchdog agency reports

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., called for an investigation into the VA for systemic issues with sexual harassment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster wants Congress to confront what she sees as a pervasive sexual harassment problem in the Veterans Affairs Department.

The New Hampshire Democrat called for Chairman Jack Bergman of Michigan to schedule an immediate hearing on the matter in the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations, on which she is ranking member.

What Lawmakers Do When They Leave After Harassment Allegations
Six have left so far this Congress

Former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., here at a news conference in December 2016, resigned his seat last October amid revelations of an extramarital affair. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Six members of Congress have left office in the past few months after allegations ranging from firing female staffers who rejected sexual advances to pressuring a lover to get an abortion.

While their resignations mean they no longer have a vote in Congress, that doesn’t mean their careers are over. Former lawmakers are moving forward by flying under the radar, grabbing the sides of a lectern or sticking with politics.

Former McCain Aide, Gosar Trade Ugly Barbs Over Replacement Speculation
Arizona senator’s former chief of staff calls congressman a ‘dumbass,’ Gosar tells him to ‘piss off’

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., engaged in a Twitter battle with Sen. John McCain's former chief of staff over the weekend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Mark Salter, Sen. John McCain’s co-author and former chief of staff, sparred on Twitter with GOP Rep. Paul Gosar over the weekend after Gosar called on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey not to appoint McCain’s wife Cindy to his Senate seat in the event it is vacated.

McCain, who is battling glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, has been home in Arizona for months but has not resigned.