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WashPost: Gowdy Used $150,000 to Settle With Ex-Benghazi Aide

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House Benghazi Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Friday, 01 December 2017 07:42 PM

Rep. Trey Gowdy used $150,000 from a Treasury Department fund to settle with a former aide, The Washington Post reported Friday.

The aide had accused the South Carolina Republican of firing him in part because he would not focus investigative work on Hillary Clinton when Gowdy chaired the House Bengazi Committee

The confidential settlement — reached in December between Gowdy, the Benghazi panel and Bradley Podliska — was included in a list of actions released Friday by the congressional Office of Compliance, according to the report.

Gowdy, 53, in his fourth term, is now chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

The Compliance Office, whose budget is financed through a Treasury Department fund that is approved through the congressional budget process, provided the list of settlements to the House Committee on Administration.

The office disclosed that it oversaw a $150,000 settlement involving a claim of discrimination against veteran's status and retaliation in the last five years, according to the Post.

Podliska, who also alleged that he was dismissed over the Clinton matter, also said that he was being retaliated against by his supervisors because he took leave to fulfill his obligations as reservist in the Air Force.

The Post said it reported Podliska's settlement in December but did not disclose the figure.

Peter Romer-Friedman, Podliska's lawyer, declined to discuss specifics of the settlement, citing confidentiality issues.

"I can confirm that my client is one person who brought a veterans status discrimination and retaliation suit against Congress and that the case settled on terms that were satisfactory to my client," the Washington civil rights attorney told the Post in a telephone interview.

Gowdy's spokeswoman, Amanda Gonzalez, said that the congressman and Podliska "never met or communicated" while he worked for the committee.

"The Benghazi Committee no longer exists," Gonzalez told the Post in an email. "I would refer you to House Employment Counsel."

That counsel office represents legislators on legal matters.

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