[Rushtalk] Judge Kavanaugh vs rest of federal government

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Sun Oct 14 15:06:48 MDT 2018


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From: Scott Dugan

 

In light of the alleged crime that Judge Kavanaugh has been accused of I
googled the list of members of the house, senate and presidents were
involved in sexual encounters while in office.  The list is below.  It
starts with Alexander Hamilton and ends with Meehan at least as of now.
I tried to send this to one of my senators in Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar
and it was denied because it said it was a security risk.  I then did
get my message to her about the alleged encounter of while a teenager.
I also told her that because of this type of dirt, many people who could
and would go into public service will not, because of people and the FBI
etc. digging into their pasts.  I urged her to vote for Judge Kavanaugh
as a Supreme Court Judge.  I definitely have too much time on my hands,
and there are no games on TV.


        BK
        
         
        
        
        
        List of federal political sex scandals in the United States
        
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        Many sex scandals in American history have involved incumbent
        United States federal elected politicians, as well as persons
        appointed with the consent of the U.S. Senate.[1][2][3]
        Sometimes the officials have denied the accusations, or have
        apologized, or have lost their office in consequence of the
        scandal (e.g. by resigning or being defeated or deciding not to
        run again).
        
        This list is ordered chronologically. There is some emphasis on
        sex scandals since the mid-1970s, because before then the media
        was less inclined to cover these matters.[4] Additionally,
        outing people because of perceptions that their political
        positions are anti-gay has become increasingly common since
        1989.[5] More generally, any perceived inconsistency between
        personal conduct and policy positions makes a politician's sex
        life more likely to become publicized.
        
        For these listed people, either the scandal, or the behavior
        which gave rise to it, occurred while they were occupying their
        high federal offices, and one or the other date may be used
        here, even if coverage of the scandal was entirely posthumous.
        Politicians' sex crimes are not covered in this particular list,
        regardless of whether there has been a verdict yet.[6]
        
        
        This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy
        particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding
        it with reliably sourced entries.
        
        
        Contents
                
              * 1Definitions
              * 2List 
                      * 2.11776–1899
                      * 2.21900–1969
                      * 2.31970–1979
                      * 2.41980–1989
                      * 2.51990–1999
                      * 2.62000–2009
                      * 2.72010–2018
              * 3See also
              * 4Notes
        
        Definitions[edit]
        
        One of the definitions of sex is "physical activity in which
        people touch each other's bodies, kiss each other, etc."[7]
        Thus, instances or accusations of sexism or homophobia that do
        not include or seek that sort of physical activity are not
        covered by this list.
        
        Scandal is defined as "loss of or damage to reputation caused by
        actual or apparent violation of morality or propriety".[8]
        Scandal is not the same as controversy, which implies two
        differing points of view, and is also not the same as
        unpopularity. Misunderstandings, breaches of ethics, or
        cover-ups may or may not result in scandals depending on the
        amount of publicity generated, and the seriousness of the
        alleged behavior.[9]
        
        
        
        List[edit]
        
        1776–1899[edit]
              * Alexander Hamilton (F), Secretary of the Treasury, had
                an affair with Maria Reynolds while both were married to
                other people (see Hamilton-Reynolds sex scandal).
                Reynolds' husband blackmailed Hamilton who paid to
                maintain secrecy. In 1797, when Hamilton no longer held
                the post of Treasury Secretary, the affair was
                publicized by journalist James Callender, after which
                Hamilton publicly apologized. Said Hamilton: "This
                confession is not made without a blush....I can never
                cease to condemn myself for the pang which it may
                inflict in a bosom eminently entitled to all my
                gratitude, fidelity, and love." (1796)[10][11]
              * Thomas Jefferson (DR-VA), President, was publicly
                accused of fathering the children of his slave Sally
                Hemings, by journalist James Callender (who had also
                publicized Alexander Hamilton's affair) in the
                Jefferson–Hemings controversy.[12] Hemings was the
                half-sister of Jefferson's late wife Martha, and based
                partly upon DNA evidence there is now a scholarly
                consensus that either a relative of Thomas Jefferson or
                Thomas Jefferson himself fathered several of Sally
                Hemings' children.[13][14] In January 2000, a Thomas
                Jefferson Foundation research committee concluded that
                all the known evidence indicated with high probability
                that Thomas Jefferson was the father of Eston Hemings,
                and that he was also likely the father of all six of
                Sally Hemings's children listed in Monticello records. A
                later report from a Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society
                committee differed and came to the conclusion that
                "Randolph" (presumably Thomas Jefferson Randolph,
                Jefferson's grandson; he was known to have been invited
                to visit Monticello around the time of Estons'
                conception, but no record of an actual visit has been
                found) is more likely the father, or possibly that one
                of Jefferson's Carr nephews is the father.[15](1802)
              * Andrew Jackson (D-TN), U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator,
                territorial (or military) governor (appointed) of
                Florida, and later President of the United States, had
                married Rachel Donelson Jackson in 1791. Both of them
                believed her divorce from her abusive, alcoholic first
                husband, Lewis Robards, was final. However, Robards had
                never completed his paperwork, rendering Jackson and
                Rachel's 1791 marriage void; and the couple married
                again in 1794. Throughout his later career, opponents of
                Jackson portrayed Rachel as a bigamist. Shortly after he
                was elected president in 1828 (but before the
                inauguration) Rachel suffered a nervous collapse and
                died. Jackson blamed this on the bigamy charges during
                the campaign, and he was bereft at the loss of his wife.
                (1828)[16][17]
              * Richard Mentor Johnson, Senator (D-KY), did not attempt
                to hide his relationship with a slave named Julia Chinn,
                which caused his own party to distance themselves from
                him and contributed to his failed Senate re-election bid
                in 1828.[18] Though they were prohibited from marrying,
                Johnson treated her as his common-law wife, and they had
                children. She died in 1833, before he became
                Vice-President under Martin Van Buren.
              * John Henry Eaton (D), Secretary of War, allegedly had an
                affair with Margaret O'Neill Timberlake, the wife of
                John B. Timberlake, which allegedly drove Timberlake to
                suicide (see Petticoat Affair). Eaton then married the
                widow, Peggy, which led to social and political
                difficulties during the administration of President
                Andrew Jackson.
              * James Henry Hammond (Nullifier Party - SC) U.S.
                Representative and later Senator,[19] engaged in a
                homosexual relationship with a college friend, pursued
                what he called "a little dalliance" with his teenage
                nieces, and had sexual relationships with female slaves
                including a girl aged 12.[20] The affair with his nieces
                became public in 1843, and forced Hammond to withdraw
                from his Senate bid in 1846, but he later became a U.S.
                Senator again in 1857.[21]
              * Daniel Webster, U.S. Senator (W-MA), was the subject of
                accusations by a reporter, Jane Grey Swisshelm, in May
                1850 while he was married and still serving in Congress:
                "His mistresses are generally, if not always, colored
                women — some of them big black wenches as ugly and
                vulgar as himself". The national press widely copied the
                charges, which are at least partly corroborated by other
                sources. (1850)[22]
              * James Buchanan (D), U.S. Senator, diplomat, later
                President of the United States, and William Rufus King
                (D-NC) who served as Vice-President under Franklin
                Pierce and who died in 1853 before Buchanan became
                president, were the subject of scandalous gossip
                alleging a homosexual affair in Washington, D.C., for
                many years. Andrew Jackson referred to King as "Miss
                Nancy".[23] (1850s)
              * Grover Cleveland, President (D-NY): During the 1884
                presidential race,[24] the news broke that Cleveland had
                paid child support to the widowed Maria Crofts Halpin
                for her son Oscar Folsom Cleveland, born in 1874.[25]
                Cleveland's acknowledgement of Oscar's paternity
                ameliorated the situation[25] but the controversy
                prompted Cleveland's opponents to adopt the chant, "Ma,
                ma, where's my pa?" After Cleveland won the election,
                the chant was answered by, "Gone to the White House, ha,
                ha, ha!" (1884)[26]
              * William Campbell Preston Breckinridge, Representative
                (D-KY). Former mistress Madeleine Pollard sued
                Breckinridge for breach of promise after his wife died
                and he failed to marry Pollard as promised. The
                congressman was not reelected. (1894)[citation needed]
        1900–1969[edit]
              * Woodrow Wilson President (D) allegedly had an affair
                with Mary Allen Hulbert, whom he met in 1907 when he was
                president of Princeton University.[27]
              * Warren Harding President (R), reportedly had affairs
                with Carrie Phillips and Nan Britton during the 1910s
                and early 1920s prior to his death in 1923. Britton
                claimed in a best-selling 1927 book, The President's
                Daughter, that her daughter had been fathered by Harding
                while he was a U.S. senator. Her assertion was finally
                established as factual in August 2015, when genetic
                tests confirmed Harding as the father of Elizabeth.[28]
              * David I. Walsh Senator (D-MA), was accused of visiting a
                male brothel frequented by Nazi spies in Brooklyn in
                1942.[29]
              * Styles Bridges (R-NH) US Senator, during the Lavender
                Scare of the 1950s, threatened to expose the son of US
                Senator Lester Hunt (D-WY) as a homosexual unless Hunt
                resigned from the senate, thus giving Republicans the
                majority. Hunt refused, but did not seek re-election and
                then shot himself (1954).[30][31]
              * John F. Kennedy President (D), was alleged to have been
                linked to a number of extramarital affairs, including
                allegations of involvement with Marilyn Monroe, with
                Judith Campbell Exner[32] and with intern Mimi Alford
                during 1962–1963.[33][34][35]
              * William O. DouglasU.S. Supreme Court Justice, allegedly
                pursued other women while married to his third wife,
                which, combined with his three divorces and remarriages,
                was considered scandalous. He also reportedly tried to
                molest a flight attendant in his judicial chambers.
                Attempted impeachment based upon his moral character
                failed, when the House Judiciary Committee found
                insufficient grounds for
                impeachment.[36][37][self-published source]
                (1960s)[self-published source]
        1970–1979[edit]
              * Wilbur Mills, Representative (D-AR), was found
                intoxicated with stripper Fanne Foxe. He was re-elected
                anyway, but resigned after giving an intoxicated press
                conference from Foxe's burlesque house dressing room.
                (1974)[38]
              * Allan Howe, Representative (D-UT), was arrested for
                soliciting two police officers posing as prostitutes.
                (1976)[39]
              * John Young, Representative (D-TX): A former female
                staffer said she received a pay raise after giving in to
                Young's sexual advances. (1976)[40]
              * Wayne Hays, Representative (D-OH): The Elizabeth Ray sex
                scandal ended his career in 1976. The Washington Post
                reported that Ray had been on the payroll of a committee
                run by Hays for two years as a clerk-secretary. During
                that time, she admitted, her actual job duties were
                providing Congressman Hays sexual favors: "I can't type,
                I can't file, I can't even answer the
                phone." (1976)[41][42][43]
              * Fred Richmond, Representative (D-NY): Charges that he
                solicited sex from a 16-year-old boy were dropped after
                he submitted to counseling. (1978)[44]
              * Robert L. Leggett, Representative (D-CA), acknowledged
                that he fathered two illegitimate children by a
                Congressional secretary, whom he supported financially.
                He then had an affair with another woman, who was an
                aide to Speaker Carl Albert. (1976)[45]
              * Joseph P. Wyatt, Jr., Representative (D-TX) was arrested
                on homosexual charges in 1979.[46]
        1980–1989[edit]
              * Donald "Buz" Lukens Representative (R-OH) Convicted of
                Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor for having
                sex with a 16 yr old girl. He was sentenced to 30 days
                in jail and fined $500. (1989)[47]
              * Robert Bauman, Representative (R-MD), was charged with
                attempting to solicit sex from a 16-year-old male
                prostitute.[48] Upon completing an alcoholism
                rehabilitation program, the charges were dropped. Bauman
                apologized to voters for his indiscretions but was
                defeated for re-election.[49] (1980)
              * Jon Hinson, Representative (R-MS), resigned after being
                charged with attempted sodomy for performing oral sex on
                a male employee of the Library of Congress.[50] (1981)
              * Thomas Evans, Representative (R-DE), went golfing in
                Florida with nude model and lobbyist Paula Parkinson,
                who later suggested her lobbying techniques had been
                "unusually tactile".[51] Though Evans apologized for any
                appearance of impropriety, he was voted out of office in
                1982. Future Vice-President Dan Quayle and Congressman
                Tom Railsback went on the golf trip too but were not
                implicated in the sex.[52]Marilyn Quayle said it was
                common knowledge that her husband would "rather play
                golf than have sex any day."[53] (1981)
              * John Schmitz, Representative (R-CA), leader of the
                ultra-conservative John Birch Society,[54] admitted to
                having a second family, but refused to accept or support
                the two children he produced who became wards of the
                state. (1982)[55]
              * Dan Crane, Representative, (R-IL), was censured July 20,
                1983, in the Congressional Page sex scandal for having
                sex with a young congressional page. (1983)[56]
              * Gerry Studds, Representative (D-MA), was censured July
                20, 1983, in the Congressional Page sex scandal for
                having sex with a young congressional staffer.
                (1983)[56]
              * Gary Hart, Senator (D-CO): while seeking the Democratic
                nomination for president, Hart was photographed with
                model Donna Rice on a boat named 'Monkey Business'
                during a trip to the Bahamas. His popularity plummeted
                and he soon dropped out. (1987)[57]
              * Ernie Konnyu, Representative (R-CA), Konnyu was accused
                of sexual harassment. He had asked a female aide to move
                a name tag she was wearing because it was drawing
                attention to her breasts, about which he later said:
                "She is not exactly heavily stacked, OK?" In another
                instance, he reportedly touched the knee of lobbyist
                Polly Minor during lunch, which caused a scene. GOP
                leaders were unhappy with Konnyu's temperament anyway,
                so they found Stanford professor Tom Campbell who ousted
                Konnyu the following June.[58][59] (1987)
              * Barney Frank, Representative (D-MA), was reprimanded by
                the House for fixing 33 parking tickets for Steve Gobie,
                a male escort who lived with Frank and claimed to have
                conducted an escort service from Frank's apartment
                without his knowledge. (1989)[60]
              * Gus Savage, Representative (D-IL), was accused of trying
                to force himself on a female Peace Corps worker while in
                Zaire.[61] No action was taken by the House Ethics
                Committee after he apologized to her. (1989)[62]
        1990–1999[edit]
              * Arlan Stangeland (R-MN) U.S. House of Representatives
                (1977 – 1991). He lost his campaign for re-election in
                1990, largely because of a scandal, having made several
                hundred long-distance phone calls on his House credit
                card to a female lobbyist from Virginia. He admitted
                that he had made the calls, but denied having a romantic
                relationship with the woman. After his loss he
                subsequently retired from politics.(1990)[63][64]
              * Austin J. Murphy, Representative (D-PA), acknowledged
                fathering a child out of wedlock after a political
                opponent came forward with video of Murphy leaving the
                home of his mistress.[65] (1990)
              * Charles S. Robb Senator (D-VA) while married to Lynda
                Bird Johnson, Robb acknowledged drinking champagne and
                having a nude massage with Miss VirginiaTai Collins
                denying an affair, though he admitted an "indiscreet
                friendship." Collins claimed it was an 18-month affair.
                Soon after, Collins appeared nude in Playboy.[66] (1991)
              * Brock Adams, Senator (D-WA), was accused by eight women
                of committing various acts of sexual misconduct, ranging
                from sexual harassment to rape.[67] Adams denied the
                accusations, there was no criminal prosecution, and he
                did not run for re-election.[68] (1992)
              * Robert Packwood, Senator (R-OR), resigned his office
                after 29 women came forward with claims of sexual
                harassment, abuse, and assaults. His denials of any
                wrongdoing were eventually contradicted by his own
                diaries boasting of his sexual conquests. (1995)[69]
              * Ken Calvert, Representative (R-CA), was involved with a
                prostitute, but claimed that no money was involved, and
                he was not arrested.[70] Calvert apologized: "My conduct
                that evening was inappropriate.... it violated the
                values of the person I strive to be."[70] (1993)
              * Helen Chenoweth-Hage, Representative (R-ID), called for
                the resignation of Bill Clinton, and then admitted in
                1998 to having had a six-year affair with a married
                rancher before she entered government.[71] Chenoweth
                said: "Fourteen years ago, when I was a private citizen
                and a single woman, I was involved in a relationship
                that I came to regret, that I'm not proud of....I only
                wish I could have learned the lessons sooner."[72]
                (1998)
              * Bob Barr, Representative (R-GA), had an affair while
                married to his second wife. Barr was the first lawmaker
                in either chamber to call for Clinton's resignation due
                to the Lewinsky scandal. Barr lost a primary challenge
                less than three years after the impeachment proceedings.
                (1999)[73]
              * Dan Burton, Representative (R-IN): In 1995 speaking of
                the then-recent affairs of Republican Robert Packwood
                and the unfolding affair of Democrat Bill Clinton Burton
                stated "No one, regardless of what party they serve, no
                one, regardless of what branch of government they serve,
                should be allowed to get away with these alleged sexual
                improprieties...." In 1998 Vanity Fair printed an
                article detailing an affair which Burton himself had in
                1983 which produced a child. Before publication Burton
                admitted to fathering a son with a former state
                employee.[74][75]
              * Robert Livingston, Representative (R-LA), called for the
                resignation of Bill Clinton and when his own
                extramarital affairs were leaked, his wife urged him to
                resign and urge Clinton to do likewise. (1998)[76][77]
              * Newt Gingrich, Representative (R-GA) and leader of the
                Republican Revolution of 1994,[78] resigned from the
                House after admitting in 1998 to having had an affair
                with a staffer while he was married to his second wife,
                and at the same time he was leading the impeachment of
                Bill Clinton for perjury regarding an affair with his
                intern Monica Lewinsky. (1998)[79][80]
              * Henry Hyde, Representative (R-IL): in 1998, Salon.com
                stated that from 1965 to 1969 (before Hyde won federal
                office), he conducted an extramarital sexual affair with
                a married woman who had three children from her
                marriage. Hyde, who was 41 years old and married when
                the affair occurred, admitted to the affair in 1998,
                describing the relationship as a "youthful
                indiscretion".The revelation of this affair took place
                as Hyde was spearheading the impeachment hearings of
                President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky
                scandal.[81]
              * Pete Domenici Senator (R-NM) voted for the impeachment
                of President Bill Clinton in 1998 after his affair with
                Monica Lewinsky. In 2013 he confessed that in 1978 he
                fathered a son, Adam Laxalt, outside of his marriage;
                Adam Laxalt's mother is Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of
                Senator Paul Laxalt and a prominent Republican
                lobbyist.[82][83]
              * Bill Clinton, President (D) Revelations that White House
                intern Monica Lewinsky had oral sex with Clinton in the
                Oval Office leading him to famously declare on TV on
                January 26, 1998, "I did not have sexual relations with
                that woman, Miss Lewinsky." The scandal led to
                impeachment by the House for perjury, for lying about
                the affair under oath. He was acquitted in the Senate
                with 55 senators voting Not Guilty to 45 senators voting
                Guilty (falling 22 votes short of the two-thirds
                necessary to convict). (1998)[84][85] In a plea bargain
                to avoid another trial alleging charges of impeding the
                initial investigation, Clinton's law license was
                suspended by the state of Arkansas for five years.[86]
                Additionally, Clinton was accused by Juanita Broaddrick
                for sexual assault.[87]
              * Mel Reynolds, Representative (D-IL), resigned from
                Congress in 1995 after a conviction for statutory rape.
                In August 1994, he was indicted for sexual assault and
                criminal sexual abuse for engaging in a sexual
                relationship with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer that
                began during the 1992 campaign.[88] Despite the charges,
                he continued his campaign and was re-elected that
                November; he had no opposition.[88] Reynolds initially
                denied the charges, which he claimed were racially
                motivated. On August 22, 1995, he was convicted on 12
                counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and
                solicitation of child pornography. He resigned his seat
                on October 1 of that year.[89]
        2000–2009[edit]
              * Gary Condit, Representative (D-CA): his affair with
                23-year-old intern Chandra Levy was exposed after Levy
                disappeared. Her body was found a year later and in
                2008, an illegal immigrant with no relation to Condit
                was charged with her murder.[90] Condit had often
                demanded that Bill Clinton "come clean" about his affair
                with Monica Lewinsky. (2001)[91]
              * Ed Schrock, Representative (R-VA), announced he would
                abort his 2004 attempt for a third term in Congress
                after allegedly being caught on tape soliciting sex from
                a male prostitute after having aggressively opposed
                various gay-rights issues in Congress, such as same-sex
                marriage and gays in the military.[92]
              * Strom Thurmond, Senator (R-SC), noted segregationist,
                fathered a child, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, with a
                15-year-old African American in 1925 who was employed by
                the Thurmond family. (2003)[93]
              * Steven C. LaTourette, Representative (R-OH), was elected
                in 1994 and had voted to impeach Bill Clinton for the
                Lewinsky scandal. He himself had a long-term affair with
                his chief of staff, Jennifer Laptook, while he was
                married. He married Laptook after his divorce.
                (2003)[94]
              * David Dreier, Representative (R-CA), voted against a
                number of gay rights proposals, but was outed concerning
                his relationship with his chief of staff. (2004)[95][96]
                He is featured in the 2009 documentary film Outrage.[97]
              * Don Sherwood, Representative (R-PA), failed to win
                re-election following revelations of a five-year
                extramarital affair with Cynthia Ore, who accused him of
                physically abusing her. (2004)[98]
              * Mark Foley, Representative (R-FL), resigned his House
                seat when accused of sending sexually explicit e-mails
                to teenage male congressional pages. He was replaced by
                Tim Mahoney. (2006)[99]
              * David Vitter, Senator (R-LA), took over the House seat
                of former Congressman Robert Livingston, who resigned in
                1999 following revelations of an extramarital affair. At
                the time, Vitter stated, "I think Livingston's stepping
                down makes a very powerful argument that (Bill) Clinton
                should resign as well...."[100] Vitter's name was then
                discovered in the address book of the Deborah Jeane
                Palfrey (the "D.C. Madam"). (2007)[101]
              * Randall L. Tobias (R), Deputy Secretary of State and
                former "AIDS Czar" appointed by George W. Bush, stated
                that U.S. funds should be denied to countries that
                permitted prostitution.[102] He resigned on April 27,
                2007, after confirming that he had been a customer of
                Deborah Jeane Palfrey (the "D.C. Madam").[103]
              * Larry Craig (R-ID), a U.S. Senator for 18 years, was
                arrested on June 11, 2007 and charged with lewd conduct
                arising from his behavior in a men's restroom at the
                Minneapolis–Saint Paul International
                Airport.[104][105][106] Craig pleaded guilty to the
                lesser charge of disorderly conduct; he later
                unsuccessfully sought to withdraw his guilty
                plea.[107][108][109] He announced his resignation three
                months later on September 1, 2007, but changed his mind
                again, although he did not seek re-election in 2008.
                (2007)[110][111][112][113][114][115][116]
              * Tim Mahoney, Representative (D-FL), was elected to the
                seat of Mark Foley, who had resigned following sexual
                harassment charges from his congressional interns.
                Mahoney ran on a campaign promise to make "a world that
                is safer, more moral". In October 2008, he admitted he
                placed his mistress on his staff and then fired her,
                saying, "You work at my pleasure." He then admitted to
                multiple other affairs.[117]
              * Vito Fossella, Representative (R-NY), was arrested for
                drunken driving. Under questioning, the married
                Congressman and father of three admitted to an affair
                with Laura Fay that produced a daughter. (2008)[118]
              * John Edwards, Senator (D-NC), admitted to an
                extramarital affair with actress and film producer
                Rielle Hunter, which produced a child, seriously
                undercutting his 2008 presidential campaign.[119] (see
                federal political scandals)
              * John Ensign, Senator (R-NV), resigned his position as
                chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee on
                June 16, 2009, after admitting he had an affair with the
                wife of a close friend, both of whom were working on his
                campaign.[120] Under investigation, he then resigned his
                Senate seat 20 months early in 2011[121] In 1998,
                Senator Ensign had called for President Bill Clinton (D)
                to resign after admitting to sexual acts with Monica
                Lewinsky. (2009)[122]
              * Chip Pickering, Representative (R-MS): on July 16, 2009,
                it was announced that his wife had filed an alienation
                of affection lawsuit against a woman with whom Chip
                allegedly had an affair.[123] The lawsuit claimed the
                adulterous relationship ruined the Pickerings' marriage
                and his political career. (2009)[124]
        2010–2018[edit]
        
        Further information: 2017–18 United States political sexual
        scandals, Donald Trump sexual misconduct allegations, and Stormy
        Daniels–Donald Trump scandal
        
        
                
              * Eric Massa, Representative (D-NY), resigned to avoid an
                ethics investigation into his admitted groping and
                tickling of multiple male staffers. He later stated on
                Fox News, "not only did I grope [a staffer], I tickled
                him until he couldn't breathe," (2010)[125][126]
              * Mark Souder, Representative (R-IN), a staunch advocate
                of abstinence and family values,[127][128] resigned to
                avoid an ethics investigation into his admitted
                extramarital affair with a female staffer.
                (2010)[129][130][131]
              * Chris Lee, Representative (R-NY), resigned hours after a
                news report that he had sent a shirtless picture of
                himself flexing his muscles to a woman via Craigslist,
                along with flirtatious e-mails.[132] He did not rely on
                a pseudonym or a false e-mail address but used his
                official Congressional e-mail for all communication. Lee
                said: "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my
                family, my staff and my constituents.... I have made
                profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can
                to seek their forgiveness."[133] (2011)
              * Anthony Weiner, Representative (D-NY), admitted to
                sending sexually explicit photos of himself to several
                women through his Twitter account.[134] He resigned from
                Congress on June 16, 2011,[135] but kept sexting after
                his resignation.[136] (2011) On Nov 6, 2017, Weiner
                began serving a 21-month sentence for sexting a 15
                year-old girl.[137]
              * Scott DesJarlais, Representative (R-TN), admitted under
                oath to at least six affairs, including two affairs with
                his patients and staffers while he was a physician at
                Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, TN. Additionally,
                while running on a pro-life platform, DesJarlais made
                his ex-wife have two abortions, and tried to persuade a
                mistress who was his patient, into an abortion as
                well.[138][139][140]
              * David Wu, Representative (D-OR), resigned from the House
                of Representatives after being accused of making
                unwanted sexual advances toward a fundraiser's daughter.
                July 26, 2011.[141][142]
              * Herman Cain (R) 2012 Republican presidential candidate,
                was accused of sexual harassment by several women. These
                accusations eventually caused him to suspend his run for
                the presidential nomination (2012)[143][144] including
                Sharon Bialek, Karen Kraushaar, and having a 13-year
                affair with Ginger White.[145][146]Donna Donella also
                reported possible inappropriate behavior.[147][148][149]
              * Vance McAllister, Representative (R-LA), who is married
                and the father of five, was caught on surveillance
                camera deeply kissing a married staffer. Several
                prominent Republicans asked McAllister to resign. In
                response, he stated he would not seek re-election in
                2016.[150][151] McCallister said: "There's no doubt I've
                fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking
                for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff,
                and my constituents who elected me to serve".
                (2014)[152]
              * Matthew P. Pennell (R) staff for US Rep. Tim Huelskamp
                (R-KS) of the Tea Party, was arrested on 17 counts of
                alleged child sex crimes. He was sentenced to 12 months
                in prison (2015)[153][154][155][156]
              * Blake Farenthold, US Representative (R-TX) was reported
                to have paid $84,000 of taxpayer money, via the House of
                Representatives Office of Compliance, to settle a sexual
                harassment complaint from a former staffer. Farenthold's
                former communications director Lauren Greene sued the
                congressman in December 2014,[157] and a settlement was
                reached in 2015. The identity of Farenthold with respect
                to taxpayer involvement was made public in 2017. This
                was the first documented case of taxpayer funds being
                used to settle sexual harassment complaints against a
                member of Congress. (2014)[158]
              * Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the United States
                House of Representatives (R-IL), pled guilty to
                structuring bank withdrawals in order to conceal
                deliberately-unspecified misconduct by Hastert against
                an unnamed individual years earlier.[159] At a
                sentencing hearing in October 2015, Hastert admitted
                that he had sexually abused boys while he worked as a
                high school wrestling coach decades earlier.
                (2015)[160][161]
              * Donald Trump (R), the 45th President of the United
                States, was accused of sexual assault by 13 women during
                the 2016 election and he denied the allegations.[162]
                The allegations arose after The Washington Post released
                a 2005 video of Trump, recorded on a hot microphone by
                Access Hollywood, in which he brags about groping
                women.[163][164] "[165] Trump himself renewed the
                controversy a year later by alleging that the video was
                fake,[166] to which Access Hollywood replied, "Let us
                make this perfectly clear — the tape is very real.
                Remember his excuse at the time was 'locker-room talk.'
                He said every one of those words."[167][168]
              * Tim Murphy, Representative (R-PA), had an extramarital
                affair with Shannon Edwards, a 32-year-old forensic
                psychologist. The pro-life Murphy asked Edwards to have
                an abortion after she became pregnant. The information
                was revealed as part of Murphy's divorce proceedings and
                published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after it fought
                in Pennsylvania state court to have the documents
                unsealed. Murphy resigned his seat in Congress.
              * Roy Moore U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama (R) was been
                accused by nine women[169] of sexual misconduct with
                them when they were in their teens. The first of his
                accusers said that at the time, she was 14 years old,
                while he was 32.[170] Moore lost a special election for
                Alabama Senate following these accusations.
              * Al Franken Senator (D-MN), was accused by radio
                newscaster Leeann Tweeden of forcibly kissing her and
                later groping her without consent during a U.S.O. tour
                in 2006. Tweeden produced photo evidence of the grope,
                taken by Franken when Tweeden was asleep. Franken
                admitted to the allegations and apologized for his
                actions and then resigned.[171]
              * Joe Barton (R-TX) US Representative, acknowledged he
                took and emailed nude photos of himself in 2015,
                following their leak in November 2017.[172]
              * John Conyers Jr. US Congressman (D-MI), A former staffer
                for Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan accused the
                Detroit Democrat of unwanted sexual advances. A woman
                who had settled a sexual harassment claim against him
                stated that the lawmaker had "violated" her body,
                repeatedly propositioned her for sex and asked her to
                touch his genitals. He then resigned.(2017)[173][174]
              * Trent Franks (R-AZ) US Representative, was investigated
                by the House Ethics Commission about allegations of
                improper conduct. Before the study concluded, Franks
                abruptly resigned. (2017)[175][176][177]
              * Pat Meehan (R-PA) US Representative used tax payer funds
                to settle a sexual harassment claim by a female staffer.
                He was removed from the House Ethics Committee, but
                remains in office(2018)[178]


 






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