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Patrick Meehan removed from Ethics Committee, denies harassment allegations

23 January 2018

According to NBC News, Meehan discussed the claim with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), who advised the representative to "repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle this case".

Meehan, who is married and a father of three, is now serving his third term in Congress and is a member of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ethics Committee. The report is based on 10 interviews the New York Times conducted with the former aide's friends, former colleagues, and those who worked around the office. He then appeared to become jealous when she entered a serious relationship past year, the Times reported. The office dynamic became unbearable to the former aide who filed a formal complaint before working from home and eventually leaving her job.

Ryan's spokesperson added that "new reforms going into place bar the use of taxpayer money to pay settlements, and so the speaker has also told Mr Meehan that he should repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle this case". He attempts to victimise the victim twice by revealing the identity of the woman and litigating the case in the press, Ronicker said.

"Mr. Meehan should resign and the U.S. House of Representatives should investigate how this matter was handled from top to bottom".

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf called on Meehan to resign after the report, much as he did after allegations arose against Leach.

Rep. Meehan is a member of the House Ethics Committee. Later on, she and Meehan reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount paid directly from his congressional office fund.


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

In July of 2016, Meehan had introduced the "Duty to Report Sexual Assault Act of 2016" to require owners and employees of massage parlors to report allegations of sexual assault to law enforcement. Ryan is also removing Meehan from the committee.

Ronicker described the request as a "dirty political move" by this man and an attempt to save his political career by presenting himself as a transparent person. Muroff said in a statement.

"Patrick Meehan's secretive settlement is just another example of Washington's incompetence when handling issues related to sexual misconduct", Drew McGinty said in an emailed statement.

"As I expressed repeatedly to fellow board members during our discussion Friday, I don't believe president Simon can survive the public outcry that has been generated by this tragedy and even less so after hearing the testimony of these fearless survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse, " Lyons said. Meehan was voted in to support the best interests of the 7th district, but instead used his power to personally and financially attack a staffer.

Patrick Meehan removed from Ethics Committee, denies harassment allegations