House Ethics Committee finds Ruben Kihuen harassed women

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The House Ethics Committee released a report on Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen that found he harassed women who worked with him.

Those findings were released Friday following an investigation that started at the end of 2017. Kihuen was found to have violated the code of conduct with persistent and unwanted advances toward three women.

Last December, the I-Team and other news outlets reported the sexual harassment allegations against the Democratic freshman congressman when the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics began and investigation.

The results were a 170-page report including text messages and photos from three women who were required to work with him over the years who say Kihuen sexually harassed them by touching, kissing and repeatedly making advances toward them.

The committee found that Kihuen “made persistent and unwanted advances towards women who were required to interact with him as part of their professional responsibilities.”

READ: Ethics committee report on Ruben Kihuen 

That is a violation of two different parts of the house’s code of conduct.

One was a staff member of a Washington-based firm that worked on his re-election campaign, another was a campaign staff member in 2016, and the third was a lobbyist while Kihuen was a state senator.

Kihuen largely denied the allegations, but apologized in a statement Friday afternoon through his chief of staff.

“After much reflection and introspection, I recognize that regardless of the fact that I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable or disrespected, what matters is how my actions were perceived by the women who came forward. It saddens me greatly to think I made any woman feel that way due to my own immaturity and overconfidence. I extend my sincere apologies to each of these women. Though I do not agree with aspects of the Report, I am thankful the Committee afforded everyone an opportunity to be heard and appreciate the Committee’s acknowledgment that I fully cooperated with the investigation.”

Kihuen did not seek re-election.

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