Hillary Clinton Remains A Close Friend To Her Faith Adviser Despite His Sexual Abuse Allegations; Report

Hillary Clinton has kept her faith adviser who sexually harassed a young campaign staffer in 2008, in her inner circle while claiming that she stands with women against sexual harassment, the BuzzFeed reported.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Clinton shielded Burns Strider on her 2008 presidential campaign after it was discovered that he’d allegedly sexually harassed a 30-year-old woman who shared an office with him.

Four people with knowledge of the situation reported that a young female staffer accused Strider who served as a faith-based adviser to Clinton, of repeated sexual harassment.

She described “five kisses on the head” and “excessive tracking” of her whereabouts, among other complaints of harassment, according to campaign documents from the time. Strider, who was reportedly married at the time, also sent the unnamed woman suggestive emails.

Clinton’s then-campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle recommended that Clinton fire Strider, but Clinton declined to do so, and Strider remained on staff. She reportedly docked Strider’s pay and requested that he attend counseling sessions.

The victim woman was reportedly made to sign a non-disclosure agreement and was moved to a separate department in the campaign.

Strider was never held accountable for his behavior and according to BuzzFeed continued to work and travel with the campaign as a senior member. Strider also attended Clinton’s 70th birthday party in October, along with his son.

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Later, Strider founded his own organisation, the “American Values Network”. Then, in November 2013, as Clinton was gearing up for a presidential run, he joined forces with American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC run by longtime Clinton ally, David Brock.

Strider led a new project there called “Correct The Record,” a research firm dedicated to defending Clinton in the run-up to her 2016 campaign.

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However, Strider’s inappropriate kissing, touching, and borderline stalking continued at CTR. He exhibited the same behavior in his 18 months at Correct The Record in the Clinton campaign, according to six people who spoke with BuzzFeed.

According to BuzzFeed, the first woman, who asked not to be named to protect her privacy, described a boss who repeatedly commented on her looks, who engaged in “constant” touching, and who sought to closely monitor and control her activity inside and outside the office.

The second former direct subordinate joined Correct the Record in the spring of 2014, excited to work for a PAC laying the groundwork for a historic presidential campaign. She served under Strider for more than a year. Over that time, she said, he often made comments about her outfits and her body. She also described a manager who was controlling and could become explosively angry at the slightest provocation.

After senior officials at American Bridge and CTR seriously investigated Strider’s behavior, in the summer 2015, he was forced out.

Strider, however, appears to be close friend with Clinton. He dismissed some of his actions as “simply friendly, or characteristic of Southern background.”

Addressing his unwanted kissing, he said he never did it in a sexual manner, but only to cheer his staff on and in a “devotional blessing” way.

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