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

22:15  24 october  2019
22:15  24 october  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

House ethics committee investigating allegations against California Rep. Katie Hill

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a close up of a person wearing a blue shirt: Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC.© Provided by CNBC LLC Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC.

California Rep. Katie Hill confirmed that she had an inappropriate relationship with a campaign staffer following an announcement Wednesday of a probe by 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.

"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.

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Her husband, Kenneth Heslep, filed for divorce in July.

RedState, a conservative website, published over the weekend a series of articles and photos reporting that the lawmaker and her husband had been involved in a relationship with a female campaign staffer whose name was not released. Among the content published by RedState was a nude photo of Hill.

"Intimate photos of me and another individual were published by Republican operatives on the internet without my consent," the lawmaker told The Hill, referring to the materials as a "smear campaign."

Hill, a freshman Democrat, won the race for Southern California's 25th Congressional District against two-term Rep. Steve Knight during the 2018 midterm elections. Her victory was among those that propelled Democrats to a House majority.

Committee rules say that members "may not engage in a sexual relationship with any employee of the House who works under the supervision of the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner." The House voted to implement this rule last year, following the rise of the #MeToo movement and allegations of sexual misconduct among lawmakers.

Committee Chair Ted Deutch did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

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"I'm leaving because of a misogynistic culture that gleefully consumed my naked pictures," Hill told her colleagues on the House floor.Hill announced her resignation Sunday amid an ethics investigation over an allegedly inappropriate relationship with a staffer and after nude pictures of her were published online."I wasn't ready for my time here to come to an end so soon," the freshman lawmaker said Thursday.

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