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The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab was forced to resign on Friday after an independent investigation concluded he bullied civil servants, ABC News reported.

Raab hit back at the findings as “flawed” yet he tendered his resignation. On Thursday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was handed the investigation’s findings that probed eight complaints into Raab’s conduct.

These included allegations that Raab, who was also the justice secretary, acted in an abusive manner toward staffers while serving as the country’s foreign secretary and Brexit secretary.

The panel was headed by lawyer Adam Tolley who concluded that Raab “acted in a way which was intimidating,” and that he was “unreasonably and persistently aggressive” and “introduced an unwarranted punitive element” to the offices in which he led.

“His conduct also involved an abuse or misuse of power in a way that undermines or humiliates,” Tolley noted in the 48-page document. "His conduct was bound to be experienced as undermining or humiliating by the affected individual, and it was so experienced.".

Raab has denied all claims that he acted inappropriately toward staff, insisting that he “behaved professionally at all times. Nonetheless, he resigned, saying he had pledged to quit if the complaints against him were proven by the investigation.

The investigation found validity in two complaints of bullying against Raab but found two others had no basis in fact. He described the probe as “flawed,” denouncing it for setting a “dangerous precedent” due to “setting the threshold for bullying so low."

Raab, 49, denied claims he belittled and demeaned his staff and said he “behaved professionally at all times,” but said he was resigning because he had promised to do so if the bullying complaints were proven.

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