Nevada Congressman Is Latest To Face Ethics Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Elias Hubbard
December 15, 2017

He faces allegations of sexual harassment from his campaign's former finance director and a lobbyist who both allege inappropriate touching and advances from Kihuen.

WASHINGTON ― The House Ethics Committee on Friday opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.). "Out of respect for their privacy, I won't discuss my communications or any other details of those relationships".

Buzzfeed has reported that Kihuen, now finishing his first year in Congress, harassed a staff member on his 2016 political campaign, and on Thursday multiple outlets recounted an anonymous lobbyist's description of his unwanted advances. She said ongoing sexual harassment led her to quit by April 2016. She told Buzzfeed that Kihuen once touched her thigh while they were in a auto together and after he asked if she had ever cheated on her boyfriend. "I've asked for him to resign right from the start".

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Abortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting MORE (D-Calif.), who was criticized for an initially soft response to the Conyers allegations, quickly called for Kihuen to resign - a position she reiterated Thursday.

Democratic Party leaders have called on Kihuen to step down in the wake of the accusations.

"In Congress, no one should face sexual harassment in order to work in an office or in a campaign", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said December 2, after Samantha came forward.

In this November 14, 2016, photo, then-Representative-elect Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill as then-Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) listens.

Kihuen has remained defiant, denying the initial charges from his former aide while suggesting the second accuser was a woman he'd dated - a contention the accuser rejected, according to the Independent.

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