WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pennsylvania Republican who used taxpayer money to settle a former aide’s sexual harassment charges has abruptly resigned from Congress.READ MORE: Heavy Police Presence Gathers On South Side, Officers Seen Collecting 2 Guns
Congressman Patrick Meehan had already decided not to seek re-election. Meehan resigned Friday, saying he’ll repay the government $39,000 he used to help settle the allegation against him.READ MORE: Car Goes On Crash Course In Homewood, Knocking Down Utility Pole And Wires
Meehan says in a resignation letter that his decision is in the best interest of constituents and will avoid the “rigors” and expense of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. But he says he believes he would have been exonerated.
The complaint against the married lawmaker was revealed by news reports in January. He described the woman in an interview as a “soulmate” and said he’d never sought a romantic relationship with her.MORE NEWS: White Rhinoceros Calf Born At The Wilds In Ohio
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