Embattled Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold Resigns

(From NBC News)

Rep. Blake Farenthold announced Friday that he has resigned from Congress, months after details surfaced about his use of $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim lodged by a former employee.

“While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it’s time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve,” the Texas Republican said in a statement. “Therefore, I sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott today resigning from the House of Representatives effective at 5 p.m.”

It’s unclear what suddenly prompted him to leave Washington. His official Twitter account appeared to have been deleted as of Friday afternoon.

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