All The Politicians In D.C. Who Have Been Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

We're now seeing that, for too long, men in positions of power have gotten away with abuse due to a complicit system that protects predators and a culture of fear where victims don't feel safe speaking up. A cultural shift is happening in the post-Weinstein world, and in this new world order, even the people in the higher spheres of government aren't untouchable anymore thanks to brave women who are sharing their stories, intrepid reporting, and a willingness from the public to believe survivors.

Both Republicans and Democrats are struggling to deal with sexual harassment claims and subsequent fallouts among their ranks, from the accusations against President Trump to the allegations made against freshman Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen.

Ahead, we're keeping a list of all the elected officials in Washington, D.C. who have been accused of sexual misconduct. We'll continue to update this story if more allegations come out.

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Rep. Blake Farenthold

The allegations: Rep. Farenthold's former communications director sued him on grounds of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and creating a hostile work environment. They settled the case, and she received a $84,000 payout.

The aftermath: Farenthold said he "didn't do anything wrong," but will pay back the settlement money to taxpayers. The House Ethics Committee has reopened an investigation into the allegations. In mid-December, he announced he will not seek reelection in 2018. Farenthold abruptly resigned in early April. In his statement, the Texas Republican didn't mention the accusations against him, nor did he apologize for his alleged behavior.

Rep. Patrick Meehan

The allegations: Rep. Meehan was accused of sexually harassing a former aide who was decades younger and looked up to him as a father figure. After the woman began a serious relationship with someone else, Meehan allegedly tried to confess his feelings, though they were unrequited. The woman says the Republican became hostile as a result, which led to her filing a formal complaint and eventually leaving her position. Eventually, Meehan's office paid an undisclosed amount to the aide as part of a confidential agreement. Meehan denies the claims.

The aftermath: House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Meehan was removed from his position at the House Ethics Committee and that there will be an investigation into the allegations. Meehan should also repay the taxpayer funds used for the settlement, Ryan said. In late January, Meehan announced he wouldn't seek re-election.
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Rep. Ruben Kihuen

The allegations: Two women have accused Rep. Kihuen of sexual harassment. A former campaign staffer alleges that Kihuen, a freshman congressman, sexually harassed her continuously during the 2016 election. A female lobbyist came forward in mid-December, alleging Kihuen made several unwanted sexual advances to her and groped her on three separate occasions while he was a Nevada state senator.

The aftermath: In response to the allegations, Kihuen said: "I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable." Several Democratic leaders have asked him to resign, but he has said he will not step down from his position. In mid-December, the House Ethics Committee announced it was launching an investigation into the allegations. Kihuen said he would cooperate with the investigation, but won't seek reelection in 2018.
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Rep. Alcee Hastings

The allegations: A former staffer accused Rep. Hastings of sexually harrasing her repeatedly for over two years while she worked at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. She also alleged he threatened to fire her after she resisted his advances. The woman sued Hastings and the commission, and the case was settled in 2014 for $220,000.

The aftermath: Hastings denies the allegations and says he wasn't aware of the taxpayer-funded settlement until the story about the payment was reported in early December. (He was removed from the lawsuit in 2012.) As of mid-December, Hastings hadn't been asked to resign by the Democratic leadership.
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Rep. Trent Franks

The allegations: Two female aides said Rep. Franks created an uncomfortable workplace environment by asking them if they wanted to be surrogates and bear his child. The staffers allege they were concerned that Franks was asking to impregnate them by having sexual relations with him.

The aftermath: Franks admitted the allegations are true, but said he had never "physically intimidated, coerced, or had, or attempted to have, any sexual contact with any member of my congressional staff." The House Ethics Committee announced it planned to investigate the allegations, so Franks said he would step aside. His resignation was originally supposed to take effect on January 31, 2018. But one day after making that announcement, Franks said he would resign immediately due to his wife being admitted in the hospital for an "ongoing ailment."
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Sen. Al Franken

The allegations: At least seven women have accused Sen. Franken of groping, forcible kissing, or unwanted advances.

The aftermath: Franken has apologized in some cases, and denied the allegations in others. Originally he said he was open to being investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee, but after the seventh accuser came forward, several Democrats called for him to step aside. On December 7, Franken announced on the Senate floor that he would resign "in the coming weeks."
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President Donald J. Trump

The allegations: At least 16 women have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, ranging from groping to rape over the last several decades. Many of them came forward after the infamous Access Hollywood tape, where Trump can be heard boasting of "grabbing [women] by the pussy," was made public.

The aftermath: Trump has consistently denied the allegations, and the official White House position is that his accusers are lying. And even though POTUS admitted in October 2016 that the Access Hollywood tape was real, he is now claiming the voice in the recording isn't his. (Access Hollywood said the clip is authentic.) Trump is also facing a defamation lawsuit brought up by one of his accusers, Summer Zervos.
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Rep. John Conyers, Jr.

The allegations: At least four women have claimed Rep. Conyers groped them or made sexual advances and inappropriate remarks toward them. One of his accusers received a $27,000 settlement.

The aftermath: Conyers resigned several weeks after news of the allegations broke, and endorsed his son John Conyers III to succeed him. His lawyer Arnold Reed has said Conyers is not planning to pay back Congress for his past settlement, since ethics attorneys "cleared" the payout.
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