Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) confessed to having an “inappropriate” sexual relationship with a female staffer after the House Committee on Ethics announced it would be investigating.
Recently leaked photos and text messages show Hill was engaged in a long-term, three-way sexual relationship involving her estranged husband and a female staffer.
“I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment,” Hill wrote in a letter to her constituents.
“For that I apologize,” she added. “I wish nothing but the best for her and hope everyone respects her privacy in this difficult time.”
Hill insisted the leaked photos and messages were part of a smear campaign by an “abusive husband” who “seems determined to try to humiliate me.”
— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) October 24, 2019
While admitting to the inappropriate relationship with her female staffer, Hill denied reports that she had engaged in another extramarital affair involving her former finance director, Graham Kelly, after moving to Washington, D.C., in January.
“Allegations that I have been involved in a relationship with Mr. Kelly are absolutely false,” Hill stated to Fox News.
“I am saddened that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought into public view and the vindictive claims of my ex have now involved the lives and reputations of unrelated parties.”
The congresswoman blamed details of the tawdry affairs, both admitted to and alleged, as a “coordinated effort to try to destroy me and people close to me.”
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 23, 2019
The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday announced it was launching an investigation into Hill over the allegations.
“The committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Katie Hill may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff, in violation of House Rule XXIII, Clause 18(a),” a statement reads.
With the investigation as a backdrop, why would Hill admit to one inappropriate affair and not the other?
The answer may lie in a new rule.
Last February, the House adopted a new rule in response to the #MeToo movement prohibiting sexual relationships between lawmakers and their employees.
The Daily Caller explained that the “alleged affair with the congressional aide would violate House ethics rules, while the alleged affair with the campaign staffer would not.”
Reporter who broke the news: “I have other documentation that hasn’t been released yet” related to Graham Kelly and Katie Hill affair. pic.twitter.com/aoSy0pfZFM
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) October 22, 2019
Hill, praised by the mainstream media for being open about her bisexual stature, had been vociferous in her support of the accusers of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — even referring to Kavanaugh as a “serial predator.”
I quickly opposed the Kavanaugh nomination because he is a threat to reproductive health, campaign finance reform, and our workforce. But now we’re talking about putting a serial predator up for a lifetime appointment in the highest seat we have in the U.S. That can’t happen.
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) September 26, 2018
Reports have suggested that Hill’s treatment of the female staffer was “abusive” and questions have arisen as to whether or not, as a paid employee, the woman was able to give consent to the relationship.
The “believe all survivors” mindset of the Left is going to get a serious test in this case, in our view.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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