PHOTO IS ‘PERSONAL MOMENT’ WITH AIDE
California Congresswoman Katie Hill has resigned. The Democrat member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that is in the middle of impeachment investigations of President Trump wrote her resignation letter, after photographs surfaced that showed her in compromising positions, including a photograph purportedly showing her smoking a bong pipe, and another salacious photo with her and a young female aide that was purportedly taken while the two were in Fairbanks Alaska.
Hill cast herself as a victim in her resignation letter, although she does not address her own apparent abuse of power over her female aide, which was demonstrated by the photo circulating that showed her brushing her aide’s hair, while sitting nude behind her in a hotel in Fairbanks. Instead, she calls that a “personal moment.”
It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country.
This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built upon cyber exploitation. Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy. It’s also illegal and we are currently pursuing all our available legal options. However, I know that as long as I am in Congress we’ll live fearful of what might come next and howmuch it will hurt. That’s a feeling I know all too well. It’s the feeling I decided to leave when I left my marriage, and one I will not tolerate being forced upon others.
I can no longer allow my community, family, friends, staff, supporters, and especially the children who look up to me as a role model to suffer this unprecedented brand of cruelty.
For the mistakes made along the way and the people who have been hurt, I am so sorry and I am learning. I am not a perfect person, and never pretended to be. It’s one of the things that made my race so special. I hope it showed others that they do belong, that their voice does matter, and that they do have a place in this country. That is something I believe with all my heart. Those of you who know me personally know that I’m a fighter and it’s thanks to countless other fighters who supported me that we were able to stand up for the ideals we believe in. Now my fight is going to be to defeat this type of exploitation that so many women are victims to and which will keep countless women and girls from running for office and entering public life. Thank you for allowing me to turn my focus to this particular battle right now, and know that I stand with you as we continue to fight for the many important issues that brought me to Congress in the first place. I love this country, I love all of you, and I thank you for allowing me the great honor of serving you.
Hill has said that she is pursuing legal recourse against those who publish the photos. Must Read Alaska has cropped the “Fairbanks photo” to remove the faces of those who are in it. Hill has not denied it is her in any of the photos, but said that the photos were weaponized against her and an “exploitation” that will keep girls and women from running for office.
So far, there has been no word from the Democrats in leadership in the House about sanctions that may be made against Hill for violating the U.S. House’s code of conduct.
Politicos are comparing this to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal, which also became a political liability for him. But those photos did not involve someone who reported directly to him.
Weiner, whose wife Huma Abedin is the aide to Hillary Clinton, resigned effective June 23, 2011 and went on to be busted for sending more explicit photos of himself to a minor.
Another famous Democrat who had improper relations to one of his direct reports was President Bill Clinton, who managed to survive impeachment after the infamous “blue dress” incident that involved Monica Lewinsky, an intern at the White House.