Here’s a look at how several lawmakers have responded to accusations of sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement began last year.
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, after reports that he had asked a woman with whom he’d had an extramarital affair to get an abortion. Announced Oct. 5, effective Oct. 21.
Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., the longest serving member of the House, after reports that he used taxpayer money to pay a former aide a $27,000 secret sexual harassment settlement, and accusations of sexual misconduct from multiple former aides. Announced and effective Dec. 5.
Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, after reports that he had paid a former aide a secret $84,000 settlement to resolve a claim alleging sexual harassment and other misconduct, and allegations that he was verbally abusive toward another aide. Farenthold vowed to repay the money but has not followed through. Announced Dec. 14.
Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., a member of the House Ethics Committee, after reports that he used his Member’s Representational Allowance to pay thousands of dollars to a former aide to settle her sexual harassment claim. Announced Jan. 25.
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla. Taxpayer funds were used to pay a secret $220,000 settlement to a former aide at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe who alleged Hastings had sexually harassed her while he chaired the commission. Hastings has denied the allegations and said he did not know of the settlement before it was reported in Roll Call on Dec. 8.