Florida Sen. Marco Rubio fires chief of staff over ‘allegations of improper conduct’

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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., appers at a campaign rally in Topeka, Kan., Friday, March 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday that he has fired his chief of staff after getting reports of “improper conduct” with subordinate staffers.

“By early this afternoon, I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my Chief of Staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates. I further concluded that this led to actions which in my judgment amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits,” Rubio said in a statement.

Rubio’s office said it “will not be disclosing any further details about the incidents which occurred” at the wishes of those victimized. And Rubio’s office plans to notify appropriate congressional and Senate administrative offices of this situation. Rubio’s office did not immediately respond to requests early Sunday for details.

This is the full statement Sen. Rubio released on Saturday:

Yesterday afternoon, I was made aware, for the first time, of allegations of improper conduct by my Chief of Staff while under the employment of my office. These allegations were reported directly to me instead of our General Counsel or the Congressional Office of Compliance. Immediately upon receiving this complaint, I along with our General Counsel, began an investigation of this matter.“By early this afternoon, I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my Chief of Staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates. I further concluded that this led to actions which in my judgement amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits.“This evening, I traveled from Florida to Washington D.C. and terminated his employment effective immediately.“We have taken steps to ensure that those impacted by this conduct have access to any services they may require now or in the future. Pursuant to the wishes of those victimized by this conduct, we will not be disclosing any further details about the incidents which occurred. We will be formally notifying the appropriate Congressional and Senate administrative offices of this matter when they return to work Monday morning.”

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