Investigate Congressman Patrick Meehan for Sexual Harassment

Investigate Congressman Patrick Meehan for Sexual Harassment

Investigate Congressman Patrick Meehan for Sexual Harassment

According to NBC News, Meehan discussed the claim with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), who advised the representative to "repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle this case". The Times writes that the aide followed the standard practice as part of the complaint process, but received pushback from Meehan's office and congressional lawyers who alleged the aide had "misinterpreted" Meehan's advances.

It was when the woman had entered a serious relationship with someone outside of her office, Meehan reportedly professed his romantic interests in her, both in person and in a letter.

The article, published on Saturday in the online edition of the newspaper, cited unidentified sources according to which the Republican representative of Pennsylvania spent thousands of dollars from the fund of his congressional office to solve a complaint of sexual harassment that the former assistant presented the summer passed before the Congress Compliance Office. Meehan's spokesman John Elizandro released a statement saying that Meehan denies the allegations and has "always treated his colleagues, male and female, with the utmost respect and professionalism".

A spokesman for Meehan told NBC10 Saturday that the congressman "denies the allegations". He attempts to victimise the victim twice by revealing the identity of the woman and litigating the case in the press, Ronicker said.

Although Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney, was seen as facing a challenge in the 2018 race, his large cash reserves would likely have made him a tough incumbent to beat. Patrick Meehan from the Ethics Committee as the panel will now open an investigation looking into sexual misconduct allegations raised against him.

"That he was allowed to remain a member of the House Ethics Committee while working to settle his own sexual harassment claims, with taxpayer money, demonstrates a stunning lack of personal ethics and is an absolute disgrace".

The employee's accusations were investigated, Elizandro said, without giving further details.

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) has been seen as a leading lawmaker in combatting the issue of sexual harassment in Congress.

She later reached a confidential agreement with Meehan's office which included a settlement for an undisclosed amount.

"Every step of the process was handled ethically and appropriately", he said.

Two other congressmen, Democrat Ruben Kihuen and Republican Blake Farenthold, have said they will not seek re-election next year. Wolf said in a statement.

Democrats running to challenge Meehan's seat this year also called on Meehan to resign Saturday. "I'm just stunned", he said in a tweet.

"Meehan was voted in to advocate for the best interests of the 7th district, but instead used his power to personally and financially attack a staffer", the statement said.

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