House Ethics Committee Investigating Nevada Rep. Kihuen Over Sexual Harassment Claims - NBC Chicago
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

House Ethics Committee Investigating Nevada Rep. Kihuen Over Sexual Harassment Claims

"During my 10 years in the legislature, I dated several different women," Rep. Ruben Kihuen said in a statement

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    House Ethics Committee Investigating Nevada Rep. Kihuen Over Sexual Harassment Claims
    AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File
    This Nov. 14, 2016, file photo shows Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., in Washington. The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Kihuen following reports of sexual harassment, which he has not commented on directly.

    The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it has opened an investigation into Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen after reports of sexual harassment against the Nevada congressman. 

    "The Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publically disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee," a statement from the committee said.

    Two women have accused the Democrat of misconduct. His former finance director told Buzzfeed in a Dec. 2 story that Kihuen repeatedly propositioned her for dates and sex during the 2016 congressional campaign, offers she rejected. The woman, who withheld her last name, also claimed he touched her thighs without her consent on two occasions.

    A second woman spoke to The Nevada Independent in a Dec. 13 story, claiming Kihuen made repeated sexual advances while he was a state senator in 2015 and she was a lobbyist. The woman, who remained anonymous, also said he touched her thighs and buttocks on several occasions.

    The Weinstein Ripple Effect

    [NATL] The Weinstein Ripple Effect

    Harvey Weinstein’s ouster from the Weinstein Company in light of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him is causing thousands of other women to speak up and speak out against powerful abusers in the workplace.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 11, 2017)

    In a statement to the Independent, Kihuen said he would not discuss the allegations.

    "During my 10 years in the legislature, I dated several different women. Out of respect for their privacy, I won't discuss my communications or any other details of those relationships," the statement said.

    In a statement to NBC, Kihuen said, "I intend to fully cooperate, and I welcome an opportunity to clear my name."

    Both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called for Kihuen's resignation.