Rep. Barbara Comstock says Capitol Hill lawmaker exposed himself to staffer

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

Two men now serving in the United States House of Representatives have engaged in sexual harassment, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told a panel Tuesday.

House lawmakers met on Capitol Hill Tuesday to review the chamber's sexual harassment policies. Travis Moore, a former aide to ex-Rep.

According to the news network, sexual harassment is pervasive throughout Congress.

She did not name the two congressmen, but she said one was a Republican and one was a Democrat.

In October, Speier shared a #MeToo story of sexual harassment, in which she said that as a congressional staffer, a chief of staff "held [her] face, kissed [her] and stuck his tongue in [her] mouth".

Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockWilson endorses Foxx as next House Education chairman House transfers DC Metro board appointments to DOT Dems target DC-area GOP rep on Metro funding MORE (R-Va.), a member of the House Administration Committee, said she had heard of an unidentified male lawmaker who exposed himself to a young female staffer.

"What are we doing here for women right now who are dealing with somebody like that?"

CNN spoke with more than 50 lawmakers, current and former Hill aides and political veterans who have worked in Congress, the majority of whom spoke anonymously to be candid and avoid potential repercussions. Almost every person that sat down with the news outlet recalled an environment of harassment and coercion on both sides of the political spectrum.

In November, four current or former female lawmakers alleged that they have been sexually harassed by male colleagues - including on the House floor.

Offenses that can land a staffer on the roster include targeting younger employees for physical relationships as well as making lewd or suggestive comments. "There is a certain code amongst us, we acknowledge among each other what occurs". Almost all those who spoke with CNN asked to remain anonymous, explaining they were still anxious about the backlash.

Speier has introduced legislation to require annual sexual harassment awareness training for lawmakers and staff, who would have to file a certificate of completion with the House Ethics Committee.

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