The House Ethics Committee has formally sanctioned two members — GOP Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) and Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen (Nev.) — over sexual harassment-related allegations.
Meadows was found to have violated House rules "by failing to take appropriate steps to ensure that his House office was free from discrimination and any perception of discrimination." This case grew out of an investigation into Meadows' former chief of staff, Kenny West. Meadows kept West on his payroll even after learning of credible harassment allegations against the former aide. Meadows will have to pay more than $40,000 to cover the cost of West's salary.
Kihuen, who announced his retirement as the #MeToo movement swept Capitol Hill last year, was found to have "made persistent and unwanted advances towards women who were required to interact with him as part of their professional responsibilities."
Both lawmakers were reproved by the Ethics Committee.
POLITICO first reported allegations against Meadows and West.
Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine]]>