DeSantis: ‘Completely Inappropriate’ to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Bail Out Misconduct by Members of Congress

‘We need to look at the practice John Conyers was alleged to have engaged in where he used his office budget which is a separate pot of money to pay harassment settlement to one of his employees’

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DeSANTIS: “Well, the first step is that all the payments that had been made, I think taxpayers have a right to know why they were made and whose behalf they were made on. It’s just a basic transparency issue. It was not these members’ money, it was the takespayers’ money. So we have to have full transparency. And then going forward, I don’t think you can be using taxpayer dollars to bail out misconduct by either members of Congress or members of the congressional staff. It’s just a completely inappropriate use of tax dollars. So we need to turn off that spigot. But we also have to look at the practice that John Conyers was alleged to have engaged in where he used his office budget, which is a separate pot of money to pay a settlement, a harassment settlement to one of his employees, but when they did it they basically paid a salary. So if a taxpayer was looking at it, you wouldn’t know it was for a harassment settlement. So I think all those things need to be done. I think the American people are going to demand that we take action.” 

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