Midstate GOP Congressman Patrick Meehan removed from Ethics Committee

Report: Congressman leading charge against assault settles own misconduct case

Report: Congressman leading charge against assault settles own misconduct case

But after the woman became involved in a serious relationship with someone outside the office previous year, Mr. Meehan professed his romantic desires for her - first in person, and then in a handwritten letter - and he grew hostile when she did not reciprocate, the people familiar with her time in the office said.

Meehan denies he harassed or mistreated the former aide.

Meehan, 62, is a married father of three. Pat Meehan felt that taxpayer dollars weren't needed to provide essential healthcare to women, including young girls who rely on CHIP, but they were needed to try and silence a victim of his sexual misconduct. The 7th district includes most of Delaware County and parts of Chester, Berks and Montgomery counties.

Meehan, a leader of the fight against sexual harassment in Congress, denies the charges, which were first reported by The New York Times.

But after the woman became involved in a serious relationship with someone outside the office previous year, Mr. Meehan professed his romantic desires for her - first in person, and then in a handwritten letter - and he grew hostile when she did not reciprocate, the people familiar with her time in the office said.

The woman was forced to leave her job and had difficulty restarting her career, ultimately moving overseas for a fresh start.

The settlement was paid from Meehan's congressional office fund, meaning it could be disguised as salary and reported months later.

"In addition", Strong said, "Mr. Meehan is being immediately removed from the House Ethics Committee".

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"In this case, the employee, represented by counsel, made certain assertions of inappropriate behavior, which were investigated", the statement said.

The statement went on, saying that Meehan continues to call for "real reform to the process for resolving complaints so that those who are truly wronged are given a fair forum to be heard and vindicated, and those accused are provided with an ability to respond to baseless accusations". "We will not allow our client to be victimized twice by this man", Ronicker said. The Times's report is based on interviews with 10 people.

"Following a conversation with the Speaker today, Mr. Meehan will immediately submit himself to the Ethics Committee for review", she added.

"Speaker Ryan takes the allegations against Mr. Meehan very seriously".

The Ethics Committee has already launched investigations into sexual misconduct claims against at least four congressman, including Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, John Conyers Jr, Democrat of Michigan, Blake Farenthold, Republican of Texas, and Ruben Kihuen, Democrat of Nevada.

The statement also notes that Meehan has waived all confidentiality when it comes to this case, and has asked his accuser to do the same, "to ensure a full and open airing of all the facts". Several Democrats hoping to challenge Meehan also called on him to step down.

The office of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker declined to comment.

Drew McGinty, another Democratic candidate for the 7th, called on Meehan to resign.

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