Thanks to investigative reporting by a group of conservative journalists, the Democrat-led House Ethics Committee has been forced to launch a formal investigation into the salacious behavior of freshman California Rep. Katie Hill, a Democrat.
“The Committee 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 announced in a press release Wednesday.
“The Committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a), has begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding the allegations.”
Following this announcement, Hill released a statement over her of in which she denied one allegation against her (the one the committee is investigating), copped to another allegation against her (the one the committee isn’t investigating) and then proceeded to blame her growing woes on her Republican “opponents” and her estranged husband.
— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) October 24, 2019
The allegation she copped to involves a polyamorous sexual relationship that occurred between the congressman, her husband and a former 2018 campaign staffer.
“During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone on my campaign,” the openly bisexual congresswoman said in her statement.
“I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgement. For that I apologize. I wish nothing but the best for her and hope everyone respects her privacy in this difficult time.”
Last week, journalists with RedState obtained and shared shockingly intimate photos and text messages documenting this stunning affair.
“Photographs and text messages obtained by RedState show that Rep. Hill was involved in a long-term sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer,” journalist Jennifer Van Laar reported.
“The woman, whose name is not being released, was hired by Hill in late 2017 and quickly became involved in a ‘throuple’ relationship with Hill and her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep.”
The relationship reportedly continued after Hill won California’s 25th congressional district in the midterm elections last year but ended soon after.
“According to a source close to the staffer, the throuple agreed to continue their committed relationship when Hill moved to Washington, D.C. on January 2019, but that Heslep and the staffer quickly noticed a difference in Hill’s demeanor,” Laar reported.
“By late May, Hill broke off her relationships with both Heslep and the staffer, claiming she wanted to focus on ‘this important work’ and that it wasn’t fair to be involved in a relationship. The staffer, as these text messages show, was distraught and trying to figure out how to move on with her life.”
Katie Hill and a staffer were hooking up while Katie was married. It was a threesome.
KH recently filed for divorce & left staffer. Her scorned husband wasn’t mad about the affair until Katie took up with her male financial director. Then he released intimate pics to media. pic.twitter.com/bnw9hRSicf
— Jude Pilgrim-I Just Want To Be Free (@righttowright) October 19, 2019
This is allegation one. The second allegation involves a male member of her congressional office. Her estranged husband claims specifically that she left him over the summer for Graham Kelly, who previously served as her finance director but now works as her legislative director. Hill, who’s currently in the process of divorcing her husband, denies this.
“I am saddened that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought into public view, even the false allegations of a relationship with my congressional staffer, which I have publicly denied, and I am fully and proactively cooperating with the Ethics Committee,” her statement reads.
It’s not clear whether her admission regarding the polyamorous sexual relationship with her former campaign worker will affect her “work” in Congress. Were she proven to be having an affair with Graham, however, that could be problematic.
What’s known is that Hill is not taken kindly to being exposed.
“I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me,” her statement continues. “I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain.”
“This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and the people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.”
For someone who claims to feel as if others want her to “be afraid,” the congresswoman has been fervent in her efforts to instill fear in the hearts of those willing to hold her accountable.
For one, she admitted in her statement that she called the police on RedState over its journalism. She also called the police on journalists with The Daily Caller who showed up outside her office Tuesday to question her about the allegations.
“After police went inside the office, an officer approached the reporter and asked if he was a member of the press, to which he responded ‘yes.’ The officer then went back into the office and left about five minutes later,” the outlet reported.
See video footage from the altercation below:
Newly obtained text messages reviewed by Laar also suggest Hill is an alcoholic.
“In text messages provided to RedState of conversations between Hill, her estranged husband, and their former throuple partner, by June 2018 all three were expressing concern about Hill’s drinking and its impact on her mental health and work performance,” the journalist reported Thursday.
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