Over the past few days, lawmakers have been slamming Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore over the numerous sexual misconduct claims that have come to light against him. Now, however, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) has dropped a bombshell in revealing that the U.S. House of Representatives has paid $15 million to alleged victims of sexual harassment by its own members in recent years.
“We do know there is about $15 million that has been paid out by the House on behalf of harassers in the last ten to 15 years,” Speier told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, according to Breitbart.
“15 million dollars has been paid out over sexual harassment claims,” Todd replied, clearly shocked. “So, obviously more than one member of Congress.”
When asked for details, Speier said she did not know how many members of Congress were involved, but she also explained that victims had signed non-disclosure agreements.
“If the taxpayers are involved, don’t we have the right to know?” Todd later asked.
“I think you do have the right to know,” she said. “But right now, under the system, you don’t have a right to know.”
The congresswoman went on to talk about a one-sided investigative process that does everything to protect members of Congress, and little to protect the rights of victims.
“Right now it takes almost 90 days to be able to file a complaint,” Speier said. “And before actually going through the mediation, you have to sign a non-disclosure agreement. And then, you are not represented by counsel, but the harasser is represented by the House of Representatives general counsel.”
Todd acknowledged that the sexual harassment in Congress is an open secret in Washington D.C.
“It’s like finding out that there was gambling going on in Casablanca,” he said. “The environment on Capitol Hill, particularly when I was younger in the ’90s and the ’00s. It was sort of well-known that that environment existed.”
This came hours after Speier testified before the Committee on House Administration that there were two current members of Congress, one Republican and one Democrat, who were guilty of sexual harassment. She did not reveal the congressman’s names, however.
It’s ironic that Democrats care so much about sexual misconduct now when they voted for Bill Clinton, a known rapist, as president twice in the 1990s. They continue to shame Clinton’s accusers while backing up anyone who accuses a Republican of sexual misconduct.
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