Democrats from Guam, California face allegations of violating House rules on office romance

The House Ethics Committee has been working overtime this week thanks to a couple of rule-flouting Democrats.

Two separate investigations have been launched into two congressional Democrats who are accused of violating office romance rules, The Washington Times reports, including a representative from Guam who was allegedly involved in an affair with one of his staffers.

Due process

On Thursday, the House Ethics Committee announced that it would be looking into Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, a non-voting delegate from Guam, according to The New York Times. San Nicholas allegedly had sexual relations with a member of his congressional staff, which is prohibited under House ethics rules.

“The congressman welcomes the opportunity for due process,” Sahara Defensor, San Nicholas’ legal counsel, said in response to the allegations.

San Nicholas is also under investigation, by the same committee, for campaign finance violations. He is said to have accepted improper or excessive campaign contributions and to have put such funds to his own personal use.

Round 2

But San Nicolas isn’t the Democrats’ only problem. The House Ethics Committee also launched a similar investigation just the day before into Rep. Katie Hill, a Democrat from California.

The committee said Wednesday that it would be investigating claims that Hill was involved in a three-way relationship that included her husband and a female campaign staffer, according to The Washington Times. (But wait — there’s more.)

While in this three-way relationship, Hill is also alleged to have had an affair with a male member of her congressional staff.

“Allegations that I have been involved in a relationship with Mr. Kelly are absolutely false,” Hill said in a statement. “I am saddened that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought into public view and the vindictive claims of my ex have now involved the lives and reputations of unrelated parties.”

That backfired

It looks like there’s a lot for the House Ethics Committee to sort out between both San Nicolas and Hill. But the kicker in all of this is that the violations are actually the Democrats’ own making.

The rules that San Nicolas and Hill are said to have violated were created by Dems in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. Their goal? To protect congressional staff from their bosses.

Clearly, that didn’t go as planned.

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