The New York Times reported on Friday that Hillary Clinton, a so-called “feminist icon,” allegedly retained a top adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign even after she learned that he was accused of sexual harassment.
Four sources told TheNYT that Burns Strider, ironically titled “faith adviser” for Clinton’s campaign, was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young staffer.
The 30-year-old woman accused Strider of inappropriately rubbing her shoulders, kissing her, and sending her suggestive emails.
Clinton Campaign Manager Patti Solis Doyle recommended Strider to be terminated.
Hillary, who twice campaigned to become America’s first female president, decided to not fire Strider. Instead, she cut his pay and requested that he undergo counseling.
The young woman who accused Strider was reassigned and forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
Strider is a co-founder of the American Values Network and was hired five years later to lead the pro-Clinton, left-wing advocacy group Correct the Record, which was created by David Brock.
This wasn’t the first time Hillary Clinton shielded someone accused of sexual assault or sexual misconduct. Former Clinton staffer Juanita Broaddrick accused Bill Clinton, then-Arkansas attorney general, of raping her. She also accused Hillary of trying to “silence” her.
I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016
Paula Jones accused then-Governor Bill Clinton of exposing himself to her at a hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1991. She sued, and Clinton agreed to pay her $850,000.
In 1998, Kathleen Willey alleged that then-President Bill Clinton groped her without consent in the White House Oval Office in 1993.
Most famously, President Clinton was accused of having an extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. When this accusation was leveled, First Lady Hillary Clinton told NBC’s Matt Lauer, who himself was accused of sexual assault in 2017, that her husband was a victim of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”