Hillary Clinton Concedes That She Should’ve Fired Senior Campaign Adviser Accused Of Sexual Harassment

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Hillary Clinton regrets the handling of senior campaign adviser Burns Strider‘s 2007 sexual harassment scandal.

In case you missed it, over the weekend, BuzzFeed News reported that in ’07 a woman filed a complaint against Clinton’s faith and values adviser. Apparently, the political consultant was “touchy” and displayed “excessive tracking” when interacting with the complainant.

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It’s said many on the campaign wanted to fire him but, ultimately, the former Secretary of State chose to keep Strider on her staff. Understandably, the Democratic powerhouse has been met with quite a bit of criticism following this reveal. Thus, on Tuesday evening, the ex Presidential hopeful took to Facebook to offer up regrets and a lengthy statement about the decision.

Hillary stated:

“The most important work of my life has been to support and empower women… So I very much understand the question I’m being asked as to why I let an employee on my 2008 campaign keep his job despite his inappropriate workplace behavior. The short answer is this: If I had it to do again, I wouldn’t.”

Clinton went on to reveal that both senior campaign staff and legal counsel confirmed Burns’ inappropriate behavior. However, against advice from her campaign manager, Hillary chose to keep Strider employed — but with STRICT conditions. Specifically, Clinton demoted Strider, docked his pay, made him go to counseling, kept him away from the victim, and threatened to terminate him if he repeated any unsavory behavior.

Despite The Times claim that the 52-year-old refused to attend the mandatory counseling, Clinton noted that no additional complaints were brought against Strider during the duration of the campaign. She continued:

“I didn’t think firing him was the best solution to the problem. He needed to be punished, change his behavior, and understand why his actions were wrong. The young woman needed to be able to thrive and feel safe. I thought both could happen without him losing his job. I believed the punishment was severe and the message to him unambiguous.”

Sadly, years later, Burns was terminated from a job for, once again, inappropriate behavior. Of course, this revelation has troubled Clinton “greatly” and has made her reconsider her decision. Bill Clinton‘s wife pondered:

“There is no way I can go back 10 years and know the answers. But you can bet I’m asking myself these questions right now.”

Clinton has made sure to reach out to the victim “to see how she was doing, but also to help [Clinton] reflect on [her] decision and its consequences.” Per the former First Lady, the woman involved has given Hillary her support:

“She expressed appreciation that she worked on a campaign where she knew she could come forward without fear. She was glad that her accusations were taken seriously, that there was a clear process in place for dealing with harassment, and that it was followed. Most importantly, she told me that for the remainder of the campaign, she flourished in her new role.”

Be sure to take a look at Hillary’s full note on the controversy for yourself (below)!

[Image via JLN Photography/WENN.]

Jan 31, 2018 2:38pm PDT

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