Hillary Clinton reportedly protected a male staffer accused of sexual harassment in her 2008 campaign

Hillary Clinton.
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Hillary Clinton, over the advice of staff, chose to retain a top aide to her 2008 presidential campaign despite a fellow staffer leveling multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him, The New York Times reported Friday. The aide, Burns Strider, was Clinton's faith adviser during her first presidential run.

Clinton's 2008 campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle apparently implored the candidate to dismiss Strider, who was accused by a 30-year-old woman working on the campaign of "[rubbing] her shoulders inappropriately, [kissing] her on the forehead, and [sending] her a string of suggestive emails," The New York Times reported. But Clinton "said she did not want to" fire Strider, the Times reported, and he instead was kept on the team but forfeited "several weeks of pay" and was made to seek counseling. The woman who made the complaints — who had shared an office with Strider — "was moved to a new job," the Times said.

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