The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee cleared Tucson Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva of wrongdoing for paying $48,000 in a settlement to a former staffer in 2015.
The settlement was made after the staffer threatened a lawsuit for a hostile work environment due, in part, to Grijalva allegedly being frequently drunk. The settlement amounted to five months of pay.
Earlier this week, the committee sent Grijalva a letter informing him that the complaint against him was being dismissed.
“The committee reviewed the (Office of Congressional Ethics) referral. As a result of its review, the Committee unanimously voted to dismiss the allegation referred by OCE, consistent with OCE’s recommendation,” the letter read.
Grijalva is set to chair the House Natural Resources Committee when Congress reconvenes next year.