EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has settled a lawsuit filed nearly two years ago by a former advisor who alleged the lawmaker took a lax approach to safety during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and then fired the staffer in retaliation after he complained, the Colorado Springs Republican's office confirmed on Tuesday.
The terms of the settlement between the lawmaker and Brandon Pope, who worked for nearly two years as the congressman's military advisor until December 2020, weren't disclosed in court filings dismissing the lawsuit last week in federal district court in Washington, D.C.
Allegations raised in the lawsuit remain under investigation by the House Committee on Ethics, which announced a year ago that it would review charges Lamborn misused official resources for personal purposes, including requiring congressional staffers to perform tasks for the Lamborn family and his campaign, and that he "solicited or accepted improper gifts from subordinates." The lawsuit also alleged Lamborn let his son live rent-free in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.
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