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WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 09: Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. House Democrats unveiled new letters to the Attorney General, HHS Secretary, and the White House demanding the production of documents related to Americans health care in the Texas v. United States lawsuit. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Washington Examiner: The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Rep. Katie Hill, the California Democrat who is accused of having an affair with both a campaign staff member and her own legislative director.

A photo of Hill, first published by RedState on Friday, shows a naked Hill, 32, sitting on a chair and combing the hair of a fully clothed woman – identified as an aide on her 2018 election campaign – kneeling in front of her.

The bipartisan 10-member ethics panel issued a brief statement Wednesday night announcing their investigation, stating it is “aware of public allegations that Representative Katie Hill may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff, in violation of House Rule XXIII, clause 18(a).

The committee did not indicate it is investigating Hill’s relationship with a female campaign staffer who was apparently involved with both Hill, who is openly bisexual, and her husband, who is now seeking a divorce.

Hill’s husband alleges she is romantically involved with her legislative director, Graham Kelly, who has been her legislative director since she took office in January. Hill on Tuesday denied the allegation about Kelly.

Such a relationship would violate the House Rules code of conduct: “A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not engage in a sexual relationship with any employee of the House who works under the supervision of the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, or who is an employee of a committee on which the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner serves.”

Hill holds two leadership roles in the House as freshman caucus representative and vice chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, which is among the three panels conducting a closed-door impeachment inquiry into President Trump.


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