UPDATE: Lawmaker disputes GOP caucus support for speaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky Republican lawmaker says the state’s House speaker does not have the full support of the GOP caucus after a report that he settled a sexual harassment claim with one of his staffers.

House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell told reporters that Speaker Jeff Hoover has the full support of the Republican caucus.

But Republican state Rep. Wesley Morgan said that was not true. Morgan said lawmakers were told during a three-hour caucus meeting that they could not remove Hoover as speaker because he is a constitutional officer. Morgan said the only option was for Hoover to resign or be impeached.

Morgan said he was not calling for Hoover’s impeachment but said he cannot “condone, under any circumstances, the way he has conducted himself.”

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