Tony Cárdenas Accuser Goes Public, Calls for Congressional Ethics Investigation
A 28-year-old woman who has accused Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) of sexually assaulting her as a teen has publicly come forward and called on the House Ethics Committee to open a formal investigation. Angela Villela Chávez filed a lawsuit against the Congressman for allegedly drugging and groping her in 2007 when she was 16-years-old and Cárdenas was a City Councilman. The trial begins in August. Villela Chávez said she was inspired to come out publicly after the Senate testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Cárdenas, who is the Chair of Bold PAC -- the Hispanic Caucus’ fundraising arm -- has vehemently denied the incident occurred. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last year called on the Ethics Committee to look into the allegations. “As Members of Congress, we each have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the House of Representatives, and any type of alleged misconduct must be investigated by the Ethics Committee,” Pelosi said. “Congressman Cárdenas said he will fully cooperate with an Ethics investigation.” The Beat will keep you posted. More here.