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House ethics panel launches wide-ranging probe into sexual harassment claims

House ethics panel launches wide-ranging probe into sexual harassment claims
From Reuters - December 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives ethics committee has begun a sweeping probe into possible sexual harassment and discrimination by the chambers 434 lawmakers and their staff, requesting on Friday a wide range of documents from the congressional compliance office.

In a letter to the office, Susan Brooks, the committees Republican chair, and Theodore Deutch, its senior Democrat, requested that you promptly provide the committee with all records in the possession of the office related to any claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation or any other employment practice that involves any current House member, delegate, officer or employee.

In recent weeks, allegations of sexual misconduct have rocked Capitol Hill.

Texas Republican Representative Joe Barton said on Thursday he had decided not to seek re-election next year after a nude photo of him appeared on the internet earlier this month. Meanwhile, Representative John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, is under pressure to resign in light of sexual harassment allegations, which Reuters has not verified.

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