Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) claimed on Tuesday that two sitting members of Congress, one Republican and one Democrat, have sexually harassed male and female staffers, some of whom are currently employed.
Speier recently made waves by revealing that she had been sexually assaulted by her superior when she worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill, the Huffington Post reported. Now, Speier is pushing for a new process to allow staffers to report sexual misconduct without going through the byzantine and limiting process that is currently in place.
According to Speier, it was sharing her story that compelled several male and female staffers to come to her and tell their own stories.
“In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now who serve, who have been subject to review or have not been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment,” Speier told the House Administration Committee during a hearing on sexual harassment.
While she did not name names, Speier claimed that one occasion saw a lawmaker go so far as to subject victims to “having their private parts grabbed on the House floor.”
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) echoed Speier’s claims and aired another salacious rumor she had heard about a sitting congressman.
“This member asked a staffer to bring them over some materials to their residence,” Comstock said. “And a 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. At that point, he decided to expose himself. She left, and then quit her job.”
“What are we doing here for women right now who are dealing with someone like that?” she wondered.