Thompson Lets Top Staffer Go After More Charges

Thompson lets top staffer go after more charges


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Bennie Thompson dismissed longtime staffer Lanier Avant on Monday following charges that Avant “willfully made a false statement” on 2008 and 2013 security clearance forms.
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WASHINGTON — Rep. Bennie Thompson said Wednesday that it took a while for him to let go of a longtime staffer, who was charged last year with not paying taxes, in part because he believed in “second’’ chances.
“I wanted to do the right thing,’’ said Thompson, a Democrat who represents Mississippi’s 2nd …

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