Clinton adviser accused of harassment kept on the campaign, woman moved to new job

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A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential run who was accused of sexual harassment was kept on the campaign, while the woman involved was moved to a new job.

Burns Strider, Ms Clinton's faith adviser, had to undergo counselling and hand in several weeks of pay, but was kept on the job at her request, the New York Times reported on Saturday (NZ time).

Meanwhile, the young woman who made the claims directly to Jess O'Connell, then national campaign operations director, was moved to a new job within the campaign.

The 30-year-old told Ms O'Connell Mr Strider rubbed her shoulders, kissed her forehead and send her inappropriate emails.

But Ms Clinton asked he stay on, to the concern of former campaign officials interviewed by the Times in wake of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

The investigation into the allegations was described as "brief".

Mr Strider was hired five years later during Ms Clinton's 2016 campaign to lead independent group Correct the Record, which was founded by her close supporter David Brock.

Three Correct the Record insiders told Times he was fired from that role for workplace issues, including alleged harassment of younger female staff.

Mr Strider did not respond to the Times' request for comment.