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Politics Katie Hill releases video on resignation from Congress: 'I never thought my imperfections would be weaponized and used to try to destroy me'

00:05  29 october  2019
00:05  29 october  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Freshman Rep. Katie Hill , a rising Democratic star in the House, announced her resignation Sunday amid an ethics probe, saying explicit private photos of her with a campaign staffer had been “ weaponized ” by her husband and political operatives.

Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif, who resigned from Congress over the weekend following reports casting an embarrassingly bright light on her personal life, released a video on Monday saying she is going to “fight to ensure that no one else has to live through what I just experienced.”

On Monday afternoon, Hill tweeted out the four-minute video and wrote, “You all deserve to hear from me about why I made this devastating decision and where things go from here.

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California congresswoman Katie Hill , a freshman Democrat and a rising star in the party, announced her resignation on Sunday amid allegations that she had a sexual relationship “It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress ,” Hill , 32, wrote in a resignation letter.

“I said the fight continues. I mean it, and I hope you’re with me.”

Hill, 32, announced her resignation on Sunday evening. A reported affair with her legislative director had sparked a House Ethics Committee investigation.

“I made this decision so that my supporters, my family, my staff and our community will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives,” Hill said in the video.

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“This coordinated campaign carried out by the right-wing media and Republican opponents, enabling and perpetuating my husband's abuse by providing him a platform, is disgusting and unforgivable. And they will be held accountable.”

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Katie Hill (D-Calif.), who admitted to having a relationship with a campaign staffer and was also It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress . “Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy,” Hill said.

Katie Hill (D-CA), Politico is reporting that the freshman from Agua Dulce, CA is resigning. Hill wrote: It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress . Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy.

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Last week Hill fought back against reports of an affair with the congressional staffer, as well as reports she was in a so-called "throuple" relationship with husband Kenny Heslep and a campaign staffer.

This past Thursday, the political fallout for Hill escalated as compromising photos of the freshman lawmaker surfaced. The Daily Mail published one photo of what appeared to be Hill undressed and holding a bong, and another of her kissing the campaign staffer.

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Katie Hill is resigning from Congress after she reportedly admitted to having an “inappropriate” relationship with “It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress . “This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected

Democratic Rep. Katie Hill is resigning from Congress following allegations of an inappropriate Hill confirmed the resignation in a letter, saying “Having private moments of personal photos This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and people close to me is despicable and will not succeed

The photos emerged shortly after the conservative website RedState.org posted screenshots of several text messages between Hill and the staffer detailing the reported end of their three-person relationship earlier this year and reported on intimate pictures including a nude photo of Hill brushing the staffer’s hair.

According to the texts that were shown, Hill wanted to focus on her work and suggested that “political risk” was a factor.

Fox News has not verified the authenticity of the photos.

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Hill, an openly bisexual congresswoman and the vice chairwoman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, admitted Wednesday she had an “inappropriate” relationship with the female campaign staffer.

In a letter sent to constituents on Wednesday and obtained by Fox News, Hill acknowledged that in the final years of what she called an “abusive marriage,” she began a relationship with the unnamed campaign staffer.

Heslep filed for divorce from Hill earlier this year.

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Katie Hill is resigning from Congress after she reportedly admitted to having an “inappropriate” relationship with “It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress . “This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected

RedState also reported earlier this month that Hill had an extramarital affair with Graham Kelly, her legislative director and former campaign finance director, for at least a year. Heslep was said to have shared his own screenshot of a text exchange he had with a friend who had heard about the affair; it was later deleted from his Facebook account.

The reported affair with a congressional staffer prompted the House Ethics Committee investigation.

According to RedState, the alleged affair was why Heslep filed for divorce. Hill has denied the affair with Kelly.

In Sunday’s statement announcing her resignation Hill apologized writing: “For the mistakes made along the way and the people who have been hurt, I am so sorry, and I am learning – I am not a perfect person and never pretended to be. It’s one of the things that made my race so special.”

A teary-eyed Hill apologized once again in Monday’s video, saying, “I'm hurt. I'm angry. The path that I saw so clearly for myself is no longer there. I've had moments where I've wondered what the last three years of my life were for and if it was worth it.”

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She added: “I never claim to be perfect, but I never thought my imperfections would be weaponized and used to try to destroy me and the community I've loved for my entire life. For that, I am so incredibly sorry.”

Fox News’ Ben Florance, Kevin Kirby, Chad Pergram and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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