Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is being accused of helping covering up a sex scandal when she was Attorney General of California.
The scandal ultimately cost California taxpayers $400,000 to settle, which was paid after she had left office.
The bombshell scandal comes just as Harris weighs whether or not she should make a 2020 bid for the White House.
In December 2016, after Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate but before she took office, senior aide Larry Wallace was accused of sexually harassing his female assistant.
Wallace repeatedly told the staffer to crawl under his desk to change his printer paper, while he was sitting at the desk apparently so he could look up her skirt. When she went to a female supervisor in Harris’s office to complain, she was told to “seek employment elsewhere” if she had a problem.
This week, the Sacramento Bee revealed that Harris’s office had paid a $400,000 settlement to keep the assistant quiet.
Shockingly, after the settlement was paid Wallace not only remained Harris’s senior aide–but she gave him a job in her Washington Senate office.
Harris has claimed she was unaware of both the lawsuit and the settlement. Wallace resigned this week.