Ryan Removes Meehan from Ethics Committee

by Garry Watts January 22, 2018, 1:29
Ryan Removes Meehan from Ethics Committee

Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a misconduct complaint from a former aide to whom the congressmen repeatedly expressed his romantic desires, The New York Times reported.

"The 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".

The statement from Ryan's office comes after the Times reported that Meehan allegedly grew hostile when a former aide did not accept his romantic overtures.

A spokesman for Meehan told NBC10 Saturday that the congressman "denies the allegations".

Ryan's office says the allegations must be investigated by the House Ethics Committee and that Meehan should repay any taxpayer funds used to settle the case.

Meehan, who resides in Drexel Hill, has represented Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district since 2011 and previously served as the Delaware County District Attorney from 1996 to 2001. Ryan is also removing Meehan from the committee.

The aide then filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment, and ultimately left the job.

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Although Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney, was seen as facing a challenge in the 2018 race, his large cash reserves would likely have made him a tough incumbent to beat.

Meehan's accuser paid her own lawyers' fees, and the settlement she reached was not enough to cover her legal and living expenses while she was out of work, according to a person with whom she discussed her finances.

The Ethics Committee has already launched investigations into sexual misconduct claims against at least four congressman, including Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, John Conyers Jr, Democrat of Michigan, Blake Farenthold, Republican of Texas, and Ruben Kihuen, Democrat of Nevada.

This account is based on interviews with 10 people, including friends and former colleagues of the former aide and others who worked around the office.

"Following a conversation with the Speaker today, Mr. Meehan will immediately submit himself to the Ethics Committee for review", Strong said. "That is wrong and unacceptable", Wolf said in a statement.

"Reporting alleged assault will help victims understand their rights, like pursuing an investigation and pressing charges, and the resources available, such as local sexual assault programs", Meehan had said in a press release on the legislation. I am calling on Congressman Meehan to resign effective immediately. If he refuses to resign, House leadership must strip him of his committee assignments. "I'm just stunned", he said in a tweet.

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