Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ethics Panel Opens Probe Into Sexual Harassment Claim Against Dem Rep.

Ethics Panel Opens Probe Into Sexual Harassment Claim Against Dem Rep.

Buzzfeed has reported that Kihuen, now finishing his first year in Congress, harassed a staff member on his 2016 political campaign, and on Thursday multiple outlets recounted an anonymous lobbyist's description of his unwanted advances.

The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it has opened an investigation into Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen after reports of sexual harassment against the Nevada congressman.

Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called for Kihuen's resignation.

Citing a rule, the committee said it will refrain from making additional public comments until the completion of the review.

Kihuen has repeatedly denied the allegations and earlier this month said that he has no plans to resign, but wouldn't say whether he plans to run for re-election in 2018.

Another woman - a Nevada lobbyist - also said she was subjected to Kihuen's repeated advances when he was a member of the local assembly.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday said Kihuen should step down.

The Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.

"I've asked him to resign from the start", Pelosi said.

The announcement came from Republican Rep. Susan Brooks of IN, the panel's chairwoman, and Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, the ranking Democrat.

Kihuen is among a growing number of lawmakers whose political careers have been thrust into uncertainty or ended altogether by allegations of sexual misconduct.

Two women have accused the Democrat of misconduct.

And Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress, recently retired following allegations he sexually harassed multiple women.

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