House Ethics Finds Rubén Kihuen Harassed Women
A House Ethics Committee found that Congressman Rubén Kihuen (D-NV) harassed women who worked with him and violated the House’s official code of conduct. The report released Thursday found that the retiring member “made persistent and unwanted advances towards women who were required to interact with him as part of their professional responsibilities.” The advances included kissing, grabbing, and comments about underwear. Three women -- a DC “firm employee,” a campaign staffer, and a Nevada lobbyist -- testified that Kihuen made unwanted advances toward them between 2013 and 2017. The committee found that while serving as a member of the House, Kihuen repeatedly kissed the firm employee’s cheek, touched her shoulders and back and commented on her physique. The report says Kihuen hinted that he would help the DC firm employee with her career in exchange for a romantic relationship. The campaign employee said Kihuen touched her thigh while they were driving back from a meeting and grabbed the back of her thigh when she stood up to check her computer. Kihuen suggested they get a room once after they arrived at a hotel for a meeting. The lobbyist told Ethics that Kihuen put his hand under her dress and touched her thigh, grabbed her behind, asked her to sit on his lap, asked about the color of her undergarments, suggested that she would look good naked, and used emojis to hint that they should make a sex tape. Kihuen later resigned. The House Ethics Committee formally sanctioned Kihuen and NC Republican Congressman Mark Meadows for sexual harassment. More here.