Rep. Barbara Comstock: Member of Congress Exposed Himself to a Staffer

Susan Jones | November 15, 2017 | 6:10am EST
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Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) said at a House Administration Committee hearing on Tuesday that a sitting member of the U.S. Congress exposed himself to a young female staffer who delivered papers to his house--at his request.

The committee convened the hearing to discuss House policies on sexual harassment and the need for members and staff to undergo training on the issue.

This is about a member who is here now. I don't know who it is. But somebody who I trust told me this situation.

This member asked a staffer to bring them over some materials, to their residence. And the young staffer -- it was a young woman -- went there and was greeted with a member in a towel. It was a male, who then invited her in. And at that point, he decided to expose himself. She left, and then she quit her job. She left, she found another job.

Comstock asked the House Administration Committee, "What are we doing here for women right now, who are dealing with somebody like that?"

Comstock noted that she has worked on Capitol Hill as an intern, a staffer, a legal counsel, and now as a member of Congress. "I was here in the time of Bob Packwood, Charlie Wilson," she said.

After the hearing on Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) issued a statement saying the House will require all lawmakers and staff to take part in anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training:

Today’s hearing was another important step in our efforts to combat sexual harassment and ensure a safe workplace. I want to especially thank my colleagues who shared their stories

Going forward, the House will adopt a policy of mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all Members and staff. Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution.

As we work with the Administration, Ethics, and Rules committees to implement mandatory training, we will continue our review to make sure the right policies and resources are in place to prevent and report harassment.


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