House Committee On Ethics

Meadows, Kihuen sanctioned over handling of sexual harassment claims

A collage of Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Ruben Kihuen
GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina (Left) and Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevado (Right). Photos: Getty Images.

The House Ethics Committee has sanctioned Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) over their handling of sexual harassment allegations.

The details: The committee found the allegations against the congressmen to be credible, thus violating House rules "by failing to take appropriate steps to ensure that his House office was free from discrimination and any perception of discrimination."

Ethics committee investigating Tennessee GOP lawmaker

Tennessee Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr. Photo: Scott J. Ferrell / Congressional Quarterly / Getty Images

The House Ethics Committee said Tuesday it’s launching a probe in to Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.,) who had previously said he’s not running for re-election. The committee said that it was prompted to investigate Duncan by a referral in January from the Office of Congressional Ethics, however they did not explain the details.

What’s happening: The Knoxville News Sentinel reported last year that the congressman paid his son almost $300,000 over five years after pleading guilty to a felony charge of misconduct in office and later resigned as a Knox County Trustee. The ethics committee said it will announce its course of action by April 4.