Pa. Congressman Denies Misconduct Declare; Ethics Probe Could Observe

Patrick Meehan accused of sexual harassment by former colleague 2112018

Patrick Meehan accused of sexual harassment by former colleague 2112018

Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., has been removed from the House Ethics Committee over reports that he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by a former aide. The report is based on 10 interviews the New York Times conducted with the former aide's friends, former colleagues, and those who worked around the office.

The aide then filed a formal complaint with the congressional Office of Compliance after her time in the office grew increasingly aggressive and toxic.

In a statement, the legislator's office - which has been in office for four terms - denied that he sexually harassed or mistreated the former collaborator.He also asserted that Meehan, a former federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, had asked congressional lawmakers who handled the case to ask the lawyer of the former collaborator to nullify the confidentiality requirements of the out-of-court settlement "to ensure full and open disclosure of all facts".

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.

Ronickher called it a "dirty political maneuver" by Meehan and an effort to save his political career by making it look as though he is being transparent. As the second-ranking Republican on the House Ethics Committee, he has been involved in investigating numerous congressman in recent months over claims that they engaged in sexual misconduct and harassment.

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

Meehan's office did not respond to questions about whether he used taxpayer money to settle the case or whether he would submit to the Ethics Committee investigation.

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

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

The pushback from Meehan and subsequent investigation destroyed the woman's life, the Times reports, forcing her to move back in with her parents amid mounting legal fees.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Meehan should resign. Several of the Democrats, including Dan Muroff, Drew McGinty and Molly Sheehan, Saturday called on him to get out of the race and resign office after the report first broke Saturday.

"This disturbing report reveals systemic mistreatment of a female victim - both by Congressman Meehan and others with power in Washington".

Trustee Mitch Lyons issued a statement Saturday breaking ranks with the board, which had said a day earlier that they supported Michigan State's president, Lou Anna Simon. "I'm just stunned", he said in a tweet.

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