FBI Reviewing Sexual Harassment Claims At Kentucky Capitol

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The FBI is now investigating sexual harassment and retaliation claims made by employees at Kentucky’s state Capitol. FBI spokesman David Habich says the agency is reviewing the information to determine if federal laws were broken.

GOP House Speaker Jeff Hoover resigned his leadership position on Sunday after admitting he settled a sexual harassment claim outside of court with a member of his staff. Hoover denied engaging in harassing behavior, but said he did send text messages that were consensual but inappropriate.

Hoover said he will remain in the legislature. The settlement also involves three other Republican lawmakers, all chairmen of legislative committees. Republican House leaders said those lawmakers have been removed from their leadership positions pending the outcome of an independent investigation.