Clinton Issues Statement Explaining Why She Shielded Sexual Harasser in 2008

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However, the conversation quickly turned to accusations that she defended her campaign advisor in 2008 after sexual harassment claims surfaced.

"I didn't think firing him was the best solution to the problem". "It was the wrong call. I wanted to make sure that other women, and men for that matter, could feel comfortable and free to speak up if something were to happen to them, if there were another incident". She continued, "And I wanted to protect my team. But sometimes they're squandered".

"I just find the whole thing disgusting", said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss the episode more candidly. Breaking that "highest, hardest glass ceiling" would have been a rebuke to the idea that taking time to support her husband's career is necessarily the end of a woman's dreams and ambitions. He returned to work on Tuesday to cover "the social safety net in the age of Trump", according to the newspaper. "The behavior described by women coming forward can not be tolerated".

"For most of my life, harassment wasn't something talked about or even acknowledged", Clinton wrote.

The report cited discussions with at least eight former officials on Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, with some of them being "troubled that he [Strider] was allowed to remain on the campaign".

The woman accused Strider - who was providing Clinton with Bible readings each morning via email - of ongoing harassment, including inappropriately rubbing her shoulders, kissing her on the forehead and sending her suggestive emails. Instead, however, she docked him several weeks pay, ordered him to undergo counseling and moved the woman who accused him to a new job under a new supervisor. The woman, who was not named in the report, has not spoken publicly about her experience.

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Both Patti Solis Doyle, Clinton's campaign manager at the time, and Jess O'Connell, Clinton's national director of operations, recommended that Clinton fire Strider.

Clinton originally responded to the Times's report in a tweet, saying that she called the woman involved to tell her that she was "proud" of her for coming forward at the time and that all women "deserve to be heard".

However, Clinton did not address the report's suggestion that she chose to keep Strider on the campaign.

Mrs. Clinton said that the woman told her in a call on Friday that she felt pleased with how the situation was adjudicated at the time and that she felt as if she had been heard.

Strider, raised a Southern Baptist in the Mississippi Delta, previously served as policy director for the House Democratic Caucus and did "faith outreach" for the House Democratic Caucus under then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats' faith outreach began to formalize in the mid-2000s on Howard Dean's campaign and later under John Kerry's campaign. And my recommendation to the Senator was to fire him.

About five years later, Mr. Strider was hired to lead a "super PAC" supporting Mrs. Clinton and run by a key ally, David Brock. Over that time, she said, he often made comments about her outfits and her body.