November 19, 2017

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After Sexual Harassment Accusations, Congress Moves Toward Mandatory Training

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Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday and leveled accusations of sexual harassment against a current, unnamed congressman. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Two female lawmakers accused sitting members of Congress of sexual harassment, but did not divulge their identities at a House hearing today.

“This is about a member who is here now, I don’t know who it is. But somebody who I trust told me the situation,” said Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., a member of the House Administration Committee which is conducting a review of existing policies to prevent and report sexual harassment.

According to Comstock: the male lawmaker asked a young female staffer to bring some paperwork to him at home; he answered the door in nothing but a towel.

“At that point, he decided to expose himself,” Comstock said. “She left. And then she quit her job.”

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., divulged she is also aware of harassing behavior by her colleagues.

“In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now, who serve, who have not been subject to review, but have

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