A Pennsylvania congressman who has taken the charge in fighting against cases of sexual assault on Capitol Hill has settled his own case of misconduct, using taxpayer dollars to pay for the case, according to a report by the New York Times. Ryan "also told Mr. Meehan that he should repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle this case", Strong said.
A spokesperson for Meehan denied the allegations and said the congressman has "has always treated his colleagues, male and female, with the utmost respect and professionalism".
The employee's accusations were investigated, Elizandro said, without giving further details. It also said Meehan, the former USA attorney in Philadelphia, had asked congressional lawyers who handled the case to ask the ex-aide's lawyer to dissolve the settlement's confidentiality requirements "to ensure a full and open airing of all the facts". "There's more that we can do at the federal level to prevent sexual violence and aid the victims and those who support them".
After the female staffer began a serious relationship, Rep. Meehan professed his desires in person and in a handwritten letter. She said the congressman had demanded confidentiality in the first place, and was now asking her client to waive it knowing that she would not agree because she "prizes her privacy above all else".
The Times did not identify the accuser and said she did not speak to the newspaper.More news: Graham to GOP: Give on immigration to get military spending boost
Nevertheless, with sexual harassment allegations dominating the news, Rep. Meehan embraced his position as one of Congress's chief investigators.
U.S Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7) is alleged to have sexually harassed a junior staffer and paid a settlement to her out of tax money, according to a detailed report in The New York Times, published Saturday.
Meehan, a former Delaware County District Attorney, has long outperformed other Republicans in the southeast Pa. district.
The pushback from Meehan and subsequent investigation destroyed the woman's life, the Times reports, forcing her to move back in with her parents amid mounting legal fees.
"Mr. Meehan should resign and the U.S. House of Representatives should investigate how this matter was handled from top to bottom". "I am calling on Pat Meehan to end his re-election campaign immediately".
"Patrick Meehan's secretive settlement is just another example of Washington's incompetence when handling issues related to sexual misconduct", McGinty said in a statement.
"Meehan was voted in to advocate for the best interests of the 7th district, but instead used his power to personally and financially attack a staffer", the statement said. "His actions are appalling and today I am calling on Meehan to immediately resign from Congress".