nearvideo house ethics Committee opened investigation of freshman Rep. Katie Hill
The California Democrat, denies having an affair with the congressional staffer, however, has to admit that a relationship with a subordinate on their campaign; Ellison Barber reports from Washington.
The political consequences for Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., escalated on Thursday, as a more compromising photos of the freshman legislators showed up, in the middle of the house ethics Committee inquiry into her behavior.
The Daily Mail on Thursday published a photo of what should be a completely naked Hill seemed to be holding a bong, and another of her kissing a staff on her congressional campaign, who reportedly was involved in a “throuple” relationship with Hill and Hill’s husband, Kenny Heslep.
The new photos were taken shortly after the conservative website RedState.org screenshots published several text messages between the Hill and the employee, detailing the reported end of their three-person relationship, the earlier this year and reported on the intimate images, including a naked photo of the hill with the staff of the hair swipe.
According to the texts, which have been shown, Hill wanted to focus on their work and suggested that “political risk” was a factor.
Fox News has not verified the authenticity of the photos.
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Hill, an openly bisexual Congresswoman and the Vice-Chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, admitted on Wednesday she had an “inappropriate” relationship with a female campaign staffer.
The California Democrat does not respond to Fox News’ request for comment. But in a letter to the member groups on Wednesday and obtained by Fox News, hill acknowledged that in the last few years of what they called an “abusive marriage,” she began a relationship with the unnamed campaign staffer.
“I know that even a consensual relationship with a child is inappropriate, but I still allowed, in spite of my better judgment,” Hill wrote. “I apologize for that. I wish nothing but the best for you and hope everyone respects their privacy at this difficult time.”
Heslep filed for divorce from Hill earlier this year.
“I’m going through a divorce from a violent husband who seems to be trying to determined to humiliate me,” Hill said in its statement. “I am outraged that my opponent to exploit, as a private matter, for political purposes. This co-ordinated effort, to try to destroy me and the people close to me is reprehensible and will not succeed. I, like many women, the fear of attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to.”
RedState also reported last week that Hill had an extramarital affair with Graham Kelly, her legislative director, and former campaign head of Finance, for at least a year. Heslep was said to have told of his own screenshot of a text exchange he had with a friend who had heard about the matter; it was later deleted from his Facebook account.
The reported affair with the Congress-staff member asked the house ethics Committee investigation.
According to RedState, the alleged affair was, why Heslep filed for divorce. Hill denied the affair with Kelly.
Neither Heslep nor Kelly could be reached for comment.
“The truth is, the dissemination of intimate photographs with the intent to publish is a crime, and the perpetrators should be punished to the full extent of the law,” she said. “I’m sad that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought out in the point of view of the public, even the false claims of a relationship with my congressional staffer, I publicly denied, and I am full and proactive cooperation with the ethics Committee.”
RedState published a series of alleged late-night texts in which Heslep called into question Hill’s drink. Other texts showed the assistant at the “throuple” has expressed concerns about Hill’s drink.
The Republican Challenger for the Hill’s congressional seat, pounced on the controversy as they tried to win back one of the many districts of the Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.
“No member of Congress should always engage in a relationship with a co-worker. Ever. Time,” Mike Garcia, a Republican hill challenge in 2020, said in a statement. “In the Navy, I took an oath of office, and it would be grounds for dishonorable discharge, if a member of the military, the ever carried out in this way. Katie Hill, he took an oath, and we need full transparency and accountability.”
Angela Underwood-Jacobs, a Republican member of the Council in Lancaster, California., who also has a seat competed for Hill’s, went even further, he should have told Fox News that she resign over the controversy.
“You must do the right thing and step down,” Underwood-Jacobs said. “She was entrusted with the responsibility to solve a task, and I can’t done see how it is all working, if you are dealing with all of this.”
George Papadopoulos, the former foreign policy Advisor of President Trump, the was 12 days in prison for lying to Federal investigators, also weighed in on Hill’s argument. Papadopoulos, who recently moved to California with his wife, has stirred speculation that he may challenge Hill for your seat in the year 2020.
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“Certain districts are not governed, and represented properly, including the 25-constituency, the Katie Hill represents, in the moment,” Papadopoulos told Fox News. “I reached to help by managers, other Republicans in the state, and you think I have a great shot. Running for Congress and winning is definitely a goal of mine.”
He added: “Timing is everything, though, and a final decision is next week.”
In the midst of widespread GOP criticism of Hill, the legislators received support from a surprising source.
Republicans-Rep. Matt Gaetz in Florida on Thursday tweeted to her defense, calling them “focused and thoughtful.”
“This is just tweeted absurd,” Gaetz. “The only person to have the seems to be a hair in the soup @is RepKatieHill soon-to-be-ex. Who of us would look perfect, if every ex leaked any photo/text? Katie is not being investigated by ethics or slandered, because they cause harm to anyone – it’s because she’s different.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.