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The Latest: Jackson Lee leaves black caucus foundation post

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jackson Lee is stepping down from her position as leader of one of the House Judiciary Committee’s key subcommittees. The move comes after a lawsuit from a former employee who complained that her sexual assault complaint had been mishandled. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas (all times local):

8 p.m.

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas is stepping down from her position as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in addition to leaving her post as leader of one of the House Judiciary Committee’s key subcommittees.

The moves Wednesday come after a lawsuit from a former employee who complained that her sexual assault complaint had been mishandled.

The interim president and CEO of the foundation says Jackson Lee “values the foundation’s ideals and does not want to be a distraction during the legal proceedings of the suit filed against the CBCF.”

Earlier, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler had said it was Jackson Lee’s decision to step aside as chairwoman of the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee “to ensure the subcommittee’s important work continues.”

In a statement last week, Jackson Lee’s office denied allegations that it retaliated against the woman who filed the lawsuit.

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3:35 p.m.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas is stepping down from her position as leader of one of the House Judiciary Committee’s key subcommittees.

The move comes after a lawsuit from a former employee who complained that her sexual assault complaint had been mishandled.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York says Jackson Lee’s decision to step aside as chairwoman of the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee was voluntary and “does not suggest any culpability.”

Jackson Lee is also chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Calls to Jackson Lee’s office and to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation weren’t immediately returned Wednesday.

In a statement last week, Jackson Lee’s office denied allegations that it retaliated against the woman who filed the lawsuit.

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