WASHINGTON, DC: The Capitol Building is pictured on November 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. Americans today will choose between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as they go to the polls to vote for the next president of the United States. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Senate pays $600k in settlements

A key Senate committee on Thursday night publicly released data about workplace settlements reached and paid out in the Senate since 1997, totaling some two dozen cases amounting to $1.45 million.
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 13: Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, attends a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on the Justice Department's investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election featuring testimony by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on December 13, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Ex-Farenthold aide felt pressured, source says

A former aide to Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) told the House Ethics Committee she felt pressured to perform campaign-related duties for the congressman even though she was never paid by or volunteered with his congressional campaign, according to a source familiar with the aide's conversation with committee lawyers.
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 13: Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, attends a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on the Justice Department's investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election featuring testimony by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on December 13, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Rep. Farenthold facing new harassment accusations

A former senior aide to Rep. Blake Farenthold has approached the House Ethics Committee to share a damning account of working for the Texas Republican, with the intent of describing the congressman as verbally abusive and sexually demeaning. CNN's MJ Lee reports.
Sen. Al Franken, (D-MN) speaks to the media after returning back to work in the Senate on Capitol Hill on November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Franken took questions from reporters outside of his office in light of the multiple women accusing him of sexual misconduct.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Female democrats call on Al Franken to resign

At least six female Democratic senators have called on Sen. Al Franken to resign, marking the first time any senator has called on the Minnesota Democrat to leave office as allegations of sexual harassment continue to mount.

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  • MJ Lee is a national political reporter for CNN Politics based in New York.

    Most recently, Lee has covered the Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Prior to her healthcare coverage, she traveled the country extensively covering the 2016 presidential election, focusing on Donald Trump during the primaries and Hillary Clinton in the general election.

    On the campaign trail, Lee produced several deeply reported, large-scale pieces on the mood of American voters including "Being Muslim American in the year of Donald Trump," an intimate look at how Muslim Americans were grappling with the atmosphere of the 2016 election; "Resetting red and blue in the Rust Belt," an early examination of how Trump's candidacy was transforming a Democratic-leaning region; and "Why I'm voting for Donald Trump," a team project that took a comprehensive look at Trump's appeal through interviews with more than 150 voters.

    Prior to joining CNN, she was a finance and politics reporter at Politico in Washington, D.C. Working out of Capitol Hill, she covered Congress, the Federal Reserve, financial regulations, economic data and the banking community.

    Lee was born in South Korea and grew up in Hong Kong. She has a bachelor's degree in government and Chinese from Georgetown University.