And he knew all about it:
According to a report in the Huffington Post on Monday, Meadows was told by multiple women about his chief of staff’s behavior in March. The report says Meadows barred West from his D.C. office but reassigned him to an office in the 11th congressional district, and continued paying him; West has since been released with a “sizable severance.”
The report says that payments made to West after the complaints were filed—a full of rate of $38,750 for the period of April 1 through June 30, and continued payment through August 15—could have violated House Ethics rules. The Foundation of Accountability and Civic Trust has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate West’s severance payment.
Gee, thanks. Send him back home so he can harass a whole new set of women, all the while drawing a six-figure salary from taxpayers. Many of whom are also women, by the way, which adds one more layer of WTF to this story. And once all the threads from this debacle get unraveled, Meadows himself may be the subject of ridicule:
The Huffington Post reports on some other strange transactions between Meadows and West. West ran against Meadows in the 2012 GOP primary, hinting at a character flaw that West said made Meadows unfit for office, but never discussed publicly. When it was clear his own campaign had failed, West endorsed Meadows and Meadows began making payments to West out of his campaign account three weeks after the general election.
There's a word for that: Blackmail. Even if whatever West is holding over Meadows' head turns out to be mundane and no real threat to his political career, the payments will be. Film at eleven.