Kamala Harris Defends Katie Hill After Nude Photo Leak

Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) came to the defense of Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) on Monday after the congresswoman announced she is resigning amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Harris told BuzzFeed News she views Hill as a victim of “cyber exploitation” that was “clearly meant to embarrass her,” adding that she should be given due process:

“I think there’s no question that she should be given due process, and that she should be respected in this process.”

Hill announced she is resigning from Congress amid allegations that she had a romantic relationship with a campaign staffer and a congressional staffer, as IJR has previously reported. Last week the House Ethics Committee announced it was opening an investigation into the allegations.

The conservative website RedState published nude photos of her with an individual who was allegedly a 22-year old campaign staffer. Hill claims that her estranged husband, who she has described as abusive, gave the photos to the media to hurt her.

While she admitted to having an affair with a campaign staffer, she denied the allegations that she had an affair with a staffer from her congressional office.

In a statement, Hill called the allegations a “coordinated campaign carried out by the right-wing media” and a smear campaign.

Watch her comments below:

Along with Harris, some Hill has gained some unlikely defenders. Last week, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called the Ethics Committee investigation “absurd” and defended her reputation calling her “focused and thoughtful” in a tweet:

Robbie Soave, the editor of Reason Magazine, said in a tweet he doesn’t think Hill should resign just yet, “The more I read about Katie Hill… the more it seems like she should not resign, at least not without an investigation.”

Harris told BuzzFeed she believes Hill’s experience shows that there is a double-standard for women in politics:

“But, you know, let’s also speak the truth that men and women are not held to the same standards. I mean, look at who’s in the White House.”

She continued to say she believes the allegations against Hill are part of larger campaign to discourage women from running for office.

Responses

  1. “But she is weak. If she didn’t do anything wrong- let the investigation play out and then make your decision.” Captain Snowflake

    She probably could have survived any inquiry, especially if she had the backing of her constituents, but party leadership are the weak ones and wouldn’t back her up. Without backing of the party leadership, she had nowhere to go.

  2. Victim?
    She chose to have a relationship with someone outside her marriage.
    She didn’t ensure “no cameras” policy in her sex/drug session.
    She chose to have a relationship with someone associated with her campaign/ staff and that there are rules about those things.

    Personal responsibility. It is her fault.
    Harris doesn’t understand personal responsibility either. According to Harris’ reasoning – Trump is off the hook because he is a victim ( which he is) but T stands up for what he has done.

    1. California has a new revenge porn law to protect people in this very situation. I hope the soon-to-be ex-husband and the RedState site/people get their asses sued.

      The woman at RedState who got the pictures published was also the campaign manager for Hill’s opponent. That is a major conflict of interest that was not made public.

  3. Convicted liar George Papadopoulos is running for for her Congressional seat.

  4. That Kamallama came out in defense of Katie Hill is also a serous misjudgment, especially considering that she started her political career on her back (or knees).

    As the current #5 Dim candidate, Kamallama maybe ought to steer clear of any scandals regarding sex and office. She ought to tout her record as an attorney general.

    Oh wait. Tulsi Gabbard already skewiered her on that. At least Kamallama will have her Senate office to fall back upon.

  5. Adults will be adults, no matter where there their genitals lead them.

    BUT Katie Hill slept with a staff member, even in the age of #METOO. That’s a serious breach of conduct, misjudgment, and lack of self-control. That she also took scandalous pictures does not portray a person suited for public office. (newsflash: NEVER allow pictures or videos, you morons)

  6. WOW! kamalalamadingdong said the EXCACT same thing in Brett Kavanaugh’s defense. WAIT. . . .what? What a hypocrite!!!

  7. Even Matt Gaetz said that she should not have resigned.

    1. But she is weak. If she didn’t do anything wrong- let the investigation play out and then make your decision.

      1. “But she is weak. If she didn’t do anything wrong- let the investigation play out and then make your decision.” Captain Snowflake

        She probably could have survived any inquiry, especially if she had the backing of her constituents, but party leadership are the weak ones and wouldn’t back her up. Without backing of the party leadership, she had nowhere to go.

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