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Ethics committee investigating sexual harassment claims against Kihuen

17 December 2017

Kihuen is the latest in a growing roster of male lawmakers in Congress who have been accused of sexual misconduct amid a wave of such allegations against powerful men in entertainment, politics and the media.

BuzzFeed reported that Kihuen's former campaign finance director, identified only as "Samantha", said he propositioned her for dates and twice touched her thighs without consent.

The committee announced Friday that it opened an investigation into Kihuen after reports surfaced of two women accusing the Democrat of sexual harassment. But he added that the allegations would a distract from a thorough discussion of issues in a campaign.

Lawmakers from both USA political parties have recently been ensnared in allegations of sexual misconduct, prompting the committee to launch a probe this month of all House members and their staffs.

Kihuen has faced calls by top Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to step down.

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Several public officials have called for Kihuen to step down from his position. Sen. The report claimed a campaign staffer quit after receiving multiple unwanted advances.

"Nothing is more important to me than my family and serving my constituents", Kihuen said in the statement.

Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., who has been haunted for two weeks by allegations of sexual harassment, said Saturday that he will not seek re-election in 2018.

The statement also noted that "that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee".

Kihuen said he plans to cooperate with the House of Ethics Committee's investigation.

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The Nevada representative has called the allegations against him "unsubstantiated hearsay and innuendo" in a statement released to the press.

This week Republican Representative Blake Farenthold said he would not seek re-election after accounts surfaced that he created a hostile work environment. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the panel should review the allegations.

Kihuen, once a rising star of the Democratic Party, allegedly texted her to ask, "What color are your panties?"

"The support and encouragement of my constituents provides me with the strength and guidance to represent Nevada to the best of my abilities".

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Ethics committee investigating sexual harassment claims against Kihuen