Western Pa. GOP congressman admits to extramarital affair

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 7, 2017 2:30 AM

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Chairman Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Pittsburgh) -- A western Pennsylvania congressman is confirming he had an extramarital affair with a personal friend, a relationship that became public as part of another couple's divorce proceedings.

Republican Rep. Tim Murphy has issued a statement through his lawyer saying the affair took place last year and it's "nobody's fault but my own."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the disclosure came after the newspaper obtained a court order to unseal the other couple's divorce action.

A judge ruled Murphy must submit to a deposition in the divorce case by the end of September.

The 64-year-old congressman represents a suburban Pittsburgh district and is in his eighth term. He is a practicing psychologist and commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

His congressional spokeswoman referred questions to his lawyer, who didn't immediately return messages.

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