Federal Officials Accused Of Or Charged With Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
The below list summarizes elected or appointed officials at the federal level (Congress, Senate, and the Trump Administration) that have been accused of or charged with inappropriate sexual behavior , sexual assault, or other related sex crimes since 2016. This list is certainly not exhaustive and does not include state or local officials, but it DOES include some candidates for high profile offices:
- Senator Al Franken (D-MN): 4 women accused Senator Franken of touching them inappropriately. Franken announced his resignation on December 7, 2017 that would occur in the coming weeks.
- Senate Candidate Roy Moore (R-AL): 8 women accused Roy Moore of sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior. Moore was in his 30’s while many of these women were teenagers.
- Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ): Franks announced his resignation effective January 31, 2017. He was facing a House Ethics Committee investigation after Franks “asked two female employees to bear his child as a surrogate.”
- Congressman John Conyers (D-MN): Conyers resigned effective immediately on Tuesday Decmeber 5, 2017 “amid multiplying allegations that he sexually harassed former employees.” In addition, “BuzzFeed News published documents last month that showed that he had settled a sexual harassment case with an employee who said she was fired after refusing his advances.”
- Judge Alex Kozinski (9th Circuit Court of Appeals): 6 female staffers reported that Judge Kozinski “subjected them to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments” in the workplace, including calling some of them into his office to watch and discuss pornographic material unrelated to any case.
- Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX): Farenthold “was sued over accusations of sexual harassment three years ago, paid out an $84,000 settlement, financed by taxpayers, and has an open Ethics Committee investigation into his behavior.” Farenthold decided to not seek reelection and then a few months later abruptly resigned.
- Congressman Tim Murphy (R- PA): Murphy resigned after encouraging his mistress to seek an abortion. Murphy was a strong opponent of abortion in Congress.
- Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX): Barton decided to not seek reelection after a graphic nude photo of him was posted online.
- Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA): Meehan is not seeking reelection after he “used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle his own misconduct complaint after a former aide accused him last year of making unwanted romantic overtures to her.”
- President Trump’s Staff Secretary Rob Porter: Porter resigned after two of his ex-wives claimed he both verbally and physically assaulted them during their marriages.
- White House Speechwriter David Sorensen: Sorensen resigned “after his former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive.“
- Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN): Ellison was accused by two women of physical and verbal abuse during relationships with those women.
Campaign officials are also included below:
- Ralph Mortey, Trump Campaign Coordinator: Mortey, a former county campaign manager for the Trump Campaign, “plead guilty to a child sex trafficking charge after being accused of soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy in March . In exchange for his guilty plea, government prosecutors have agreed to drop three counts of child pornography against him.”
- Steve Wynn, Republican National Committee Finance Chair: Wynn resigned from finance chair of the RNC after he was “reported to have engaged in sexual misconduct with company employees over decades“
- Elliott Broidy, Republican National Committee Deputy Finance Chair: Broidy “stepped down from his Republican National Committee post Friday after revelations that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen arranged a $1.6 million settlement with a former Playboy model the donor had impregnated.”
Other high profile officials can be found in the last section here:
- Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Nominee: Christine Ford, a research psychologist and professor, has claimed Kavanaugh attempted to rape her one summer in the 1980’s when they were in high school together in Maryland. At least one other woman has since come forward, and President Trump ordered an investigation by the FBI.