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Politics House ethics committee investigating allegations against California Rep. Katie Hill

02:50  24 october  2019
02:50  24 october  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Freshman Dem Katie Hill denies improper relationship with aide

  Freshman Dem Katie Hill denies improper relationship with aide Freshman Democratic Rep. Katie Hill (Calif.) is denying allegations that she had an improper relationship with a congressional staffer, and blamed the controversy on an "abusive husband" that she is the midst of divorcing.The 32-year-old Hill has reached out to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to deny the allegations, according to multiple Democratic sources.

The House Committee on Ethics is investigating allegations that Democratic California Rep . Katie Hill had an extramarital affair with one of her congressional aides, committee leadership announced Wednesday evening. Hill denied Tuesday having an affair with her legislative director, Graham Kelly

The House Ethics Committee has launched an investiagtion into allegations that freshman Rep . Katie Hill (D-Calif.) violated chamber rules by engaging in a sexual relationship with staffers in her office, the panel announced Wednesday.

Rep. Katie Hill (D-Santa Clarita) is under investigation by the House Committee on Ethics after allegations that she engaged in an affair with a congressional aide were made public last week.

Orchidea De Santis holding a microphone: Democrat Katie Hill, running against Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) at a candidate forum in Lancaster.© (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times) Democrat Katie Hill, running against Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) at a candidate forum in Lancaster.

In a statement, Committee Chairman Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and ranking member Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Tex.) said the committee was aware that Hill "may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff," an allegation Hill has refuted. House rules were changed last year to prohibit such relationships between members and their employees.

Rep. Katie Hill admits to having a relationship with a staffer after the announcement of an ethics probe

  Rep. Katie Hill admits to having a relationship with a staffer after the announcement of an ethics probe California Rep. Katie Hill confirmed that she had an inappropriate relationship with a campaign staffer following the announcement of a probe from the House Committee on Ethics. On Tuesday, Hill said she did not have a relationship with legislative director Graham Kelly, but she walked back that account the next day, saying in a letter to constituents that she got involved with Kelly "during the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage," the Los Angeles Times reported.

The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday evening that they will investigate allegations that freshman Rep . Katie Hill , (D- CA ) had a sexual relationship Hill referenced the House Ethics Committee in an email sent to constituents 10 minutes after The Hill ’s story went live. She wrote

The California Democrat has denied allegations that she was romantically involved with her legislative director, Graham Kelly, and condemned The Ethics Committee said in a statement that it “is aware of public allegations that Representative Katie Hill may have engaged in a sexual relationship with

In a letter to constituents Wednesday, Hill again denied the alleged relationship with a House staffer, but acknowledged that she was involved in a separate relationship with a member of her campaign staff "during the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage."

"I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment," the letter read.

Over the weekend, conservative website RedState published a series of articles alleging that Hill had engaged in relationships with a member of her campaign staff and a House staffer.

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The Committee on Oversight and Reform is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives . The committee 's broad jurisdiction and legislative authority make it one

The House Ethics Committee said Wednesday it is investigating Rep . “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 rules, the panel said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Hill denied having a relationship with the House staffer and said she had contacted U.S. Capitol Police after intimate photos of her and another person had been published by the website. The statement Tuesday made no mention of the alleged relationship with her campaign staffer.

Hill, who is in divorce proceedings with her husband of nine years, Kenneth Heslep, claimed Heslep "seems determined to try to humiliate me."

"The truth is, distributing intimate photos with the intent to publish them is a crime, and the perpetrator should be punished to the full extent of the law," Hill said in the letter Wednesday. She added that she is cooperating with the House Ethics Committee and Capitol Police.

Hill said she would not comment further on the matter until both had completed their work.

Hill is one of seven California Democrats who helped flip Republican-held congressional seats and secure the House majority for Democrats. She is a member of House leadership and, as vice chair of the Oversight Committee, is among the most powerful House freshmen. She has also received special attention from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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