Rep. Comstock: ‘We Should Be Naming Past People’ Accused of Sexual Harassment in Congress

By Melanie Arter | December 11, 2017 | 10:56 AM EST

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) (Screenshot of Fox News video)

( – Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) told “Fox News Sunday” that she supports “naming past people” who have been accused of sexual harassment in Congress and called for an outside counsel to review cases to make sure the information is released.

“I think we should be naming past people and that should be fully disclosed. I think we may need to have maybe an outside counsel come in to totally review any of these cases to make sure we get that all out there. So, I do fully support it, but also, the priority needs to be on the victims and fundamentally changing the system so that the victims feel they have a process that works for them and advocates for them,” she said.


“So, we've been advocating either having a counsel or some type of advocate that protects the victims so they feel there's a system that allows them to come forward, but I think first we have to know who in the past, those names should be disclosed. They’re going to come out one way or the other, and they should,” Comstock said.

The congresswoman said she supports “not having to honor those nondisclosure agreements” for sexual harassment cases that have been settled.

When asked whether there will be real change in the way Congress handles sexual harassment claims and releasing the names of those who have settled those claims, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) said, “I think there is total concurrence that there must be transparency and that we should never use taxpayers’ money to pay for somebody's irresponsible, despicable, unacceptable behavior.

“So, I think everybody is trying to figure out how do you make sure that you take care of the survivor and that the survivor doesn't have consequences,” Dingell said. “Too much of this has consequences, and going forward, Chris, we need a conversation in this country that needs to happen at dinner tables and churches, and barbershops, in every place across the country. Men and women and families have got to work together on this.”


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