On Monday, the Daily Caller reported that Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, had sex with a staffer he said was a drug addict and then sued her when she threatened to go public with claims she suffered a hostile work environment, saying he “will not be extorted or blackmailed.” Green, as it turns out, is one of the loudest voices calling for Trump’s impeachment, claiming the president has “undermined the integrity of his office,” and “brought disrepute onto the presidency…”
According to the Daily Caller:
Lucinda Daniels, his onetime district director, claimed she suffered a hostile work environment, claimed sexual harassment and demanded $1.8 million. Green sued her, saying she was using their sexual relationship to shake him down at the behest of other unnamed conspirators.
“Daniels has threatened to go public with her complaints if the Congressman does not per her money. Green has done nothing wrong and refuses to pay ‘hush money’ just for political expediency. Green will not be extorted or blackmailed by Daniels. He will not be the victim of a shakedown by Daniels and her agents. Green demands vindication of his actions and now sues Daniels for declaratory judgment relief relating to her workplace allegations and her quest for money,” documents Green filed in federal court in 2008 say.
Daniels also unknowingly dialed the congressman while she was allegedly buying cocaine. Green submitted the voicemail, now sealed, as evidence in the case.
In the recording, “Daniels is heard ‘snorting’ the cocaine immediately before questioning whether it was ‘cut’ with some other substance and being assured that it was “straight off the ki[lo] … Daniels asks for the purchase price of the drugs, which she calls her ‘Tuesday special’ price. In response, the drug dealer sells her the drugs for $40.”
According to Green, Daniels “act[ed] sluggish at work as through under the influence of drugs” and “slurr[ed] her speech as if under drug influence.”
He also said she fell “asleep on the phone in the middle of telephone conversations with staff and the Congressman” and had “a general appearance of incoherence at times due to apparent drug use.”
Green, the Daily Caller said, suggested Daniels seek treatment. Not long after that, Daniels “claims the Congressman retaliated against her in the workplace because of her gender and because she refused additional romantic requests.”
Green, however, rejected her claims as false.
Green’s office put out a statement on Monday with Daniels which stated:
In the present climate, we wish to jointly quiet any curious minds about our former and present relationship with one another. We are friends, and have long been friends. At an unfortunate time in our lives, when both of our feelings were hurt, we hastily made allegations and charges against one another that have been absolutely resolved.
This matter has been resolved without payment of any money or transfer of any consideration of any kind by either of us to the other. As friends, we have both agreed that we see no need to make further statements regarding this absolutely resolved matter.
As recently as October, Green said that Trump needs to be impeached for actions he claimed constitute a breach of public trust.
According to U.S. News and World Report:
Trump, Green said, “has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute onto the presidency, has betrayed his trust as president to the manifest injury of the people of the United States of America and as a result is unfit to be president.”
“He warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office,” he added.
He cited several instances in which Trump had “incited bigotry” against various groups, including his criticism of African American NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, transgender military service members and Puerto Ricans suffering in the wake of Hurricane Maria. He also cited Trump’s response to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this summer, Trump’s false claim that he won the popular vote in November and his allegation that millions of ballots were illegally cast for Hillary Clinton.
None of the allegations Green has made against Trump constitute a “high crime or misdemeanor” as required by the Constitution, however.
It seems that Green needs to clean his own house first — or maybe the voters can do that next November…
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