Report: ‘Dozens’ of corrupt lawmakers to resign — could begin within 72 hours

December 18, 2017

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The epidemic of career-ending sexual misconduct allegations has made its way from Hollywood to Washington, with key congressmen like Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) resigning over accusations. But it appears that more than just these two names will be turning in their resignation letters this December.

Luke Rosiak, an investigative reporter with The Daily Caller, reported on Friday that a massive scandal is brewing in Congress. According to Rosiak, at least a dozen implicated House members may soon resign because of sexual harassment and “secret settlements.”

The Prediction

Rosiak tweeted on Friday:

While his claims are otherwise unconfirmed, the release of details earlier this month about a large number of taxpayer-funded settlements paid to Congress members’ sexual harassment victims makes his story seem plausible.

Under the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act, Congress is authorized to use taxpayer funds for sexual harassment settlements on Capitol Hill. Public disclosure is not required for such settlements, and strict confidentiality clauses are imposed on the accuser, the accused, and any other entity involved in the case.

Leaked details about the settlements revealed that over $17 million was paid out for 264 settlements since 1997. Sexual harassment claims are among the settled disputes, which are said to include “violations of various employment rules.”

Congressional Creeps

Rosiak is the same reporter that broke the story of a secret settlement between Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and a former aide. Meeks reportedly fired the aide after she claimed she was sexually assaulted at the business of Meeks’ major campaign donor, though Meeks claimed he had no knowledge of the settlement.

At least six members of Congress have already been accused of sexual misconduct, including Conyers, Franken, and fellow congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), who have all been accused of making unwanted sexual advances or outright sexual assault. Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), and Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) have all been accused of sexual harassment or harassing behavior.

Hastings’ accuser was paid a settlement of $220,000 — the largest known settlement under the Congressional Accountability Act. An $84,000 settlement was awarded to Farenthold’s accuser, and $27,000 was awarded to one of Conyers’ accusers.

Despite the severity of the accusations, only Conyers and Franks have officially resigned. Franken and Farenthold announced that they would resign, but have yet to do so.

If information is leaked like Rosiak suggests, many members of Congress may have their legacies tarnished forever. But if the lack of action from the already-outed accused representatives have been any indication, we may not be able count on their resignations.


Laura Widener

Laura Widener is a Conservative Institute staff writer. She holds an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University and an MA in Human Services from Liberty University.