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The payout, which had not been previously disclosed, came from the Delaware County Republican congressional office account, which is typically used for staff, office expenses, and other official costs. Using it allowed him to pay the settlement without the of fellow lawmakers who oversee the House designated fund for workplace harassment and discrimination claims. Instead, Meehan said in an interview Jan. 23, he got the go ahead to use his office fund from the House Ethics Committee. He was a member of the committee at the time of the approval. He would not disclose the amount, citing a confidentiality agreement with his accuser, but stressed that using congressional fund was legal and allowed under House rules.
Rep. Bob Brady, a Philadelphia Democrat, told the newspapers Wednesday that Meehan settlement was for $38,000 or $39,000. Brady has a close working relationship Meehan and is the top Democrat on the House Administration Committee, which oversees the House official workplace harassment and discrimination although he did not review Meehan that role, since the Republican did not use that account.
Two other sources familiar with the settlement separately said that it was for around $39,000, saying the amount was based on one month pay for every year of the aide roughly six years in Meehan office. Neither of sources would be named discussing the confidential settlement.
Meehan office declined to comment for this story, but in he called the payment severance. Conyers money, like Meehan came from his office account.
Meehan has denied any harassment but announced last week that he would not seek another term as he faced a backlash over his settlement of the accusation.
Meehan said he would repay the public funds if the Ethics Committee finds that he did in fact commit sexual harassment. The panel is reviewing his actions, and he was removed from the committee in January, after the settlement was revealed by the New York Times, which reported only that it worth
Meehan, 62 and married, was accused by his aide of expressing romantic feelings toward her and turning hostile when she began a serious relationship with another man, according to Meehan said he saw the aide as a mate but remained loyal to his wife and never a romantic or sexual relationship.
In the interview last week, he said he was advised by House attorneys that settling the claim using his office account was possible, and that other lawmakers had followed a similar route. While Conyers is a known example, it unclear how many others have done so, since such payments not publicly revealed.
Meehan said he was told last year that the House Administration Committee was unlikely to approve a settlement from the formal fund for harassment cases. A spokeswoman for the committee chairman, Rep. Gregg Harper (R., Miss.), said in an email Thursday that no requests for any types of settlements have come to him since he took charge last year, and that he would handle any such issues on a case by case basis, but that he not taxpayers, should ultimately pay the cost to settle a claim of sexual harassment.
With that option closed off and the dispute likely headed into litigation, Meehan said he wanted to find a path that would resolve it without a public fight and allow him and his former aide to move on. So he turned to his congressional account.
we were in litigation mode, it was suggested to me that there might be another option, Meehan said in last week interview.
Alexis Ronickher, the former aide attorney, declined to comment on the amount of the settlement. She previously called the accusation against Meehan serious sexual harassment claim.
Brady has co sponsored legislation to rewrite Congress rules on sexual harassment cases, including provisions requiring lawmakers to personally repay any settlements and barring from using their taxpayer funded Member Resource Accounts, as Meehan did. Any settlements would be published online every six months.