The statement did not mention Rubio’s chief of staff by name, but he has been identified as Clint Reed on his social media accounts, and a former aide confirmed he was the chief of staff. CNN has attempted to contact Reed for comment.
“By early this afternoon, I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my chief of staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates. I further concluded that this led to actions which in my judgement amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits.”
The Republican lawmaker said he flew from Florida to Washington D.C. on Saturday and “terminated his employment effective immediately.”
“We have taken steps to ensure that those impacted by this conduct have access to any services they may require now or in the future,” he said. “Pursuant to the wishes of those victimized by this conduct, we will not be disclosing any further details about the incidents which occurred.”
His office plans to officially notify the appropriate congressional and Senate administrative offices Monday.