Midstate Congressman Meehan removed from Ethics Committee

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 20, 2018 7:32 PM

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Patrick Meehan R-Pa., speaks during a news conference near the Philadelphia International Airport. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Washington) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is ordering an Ethics Committee investigation after the New York Times reported Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures.

Today's story cites unnamed people who said the Republican used thousands of dollars from his congressional office fund to settle the sexual harassment complaint the ex-aide filed last summer to the congressional Office of Compliance.

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.

He also is removing Meehan, whose 7th Congressional District includes a portion of Berks and Lancaster counties, from the committee.

Meehan denies he harassed or mistreated the former aide, who was not named.


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