Graham wants names of lawmakers accused of harassment
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is urging that the names of lawmakers accused of sexually harassing their colleagues are revealed.
“Name them,” Graham told reporters Wednesday. “Just get it out. Lay it out. Change the rules so people can come to work without being harassed. Those who do these things need to be held accountable.”
His comments came after a number of female lawmakers have come forward with stories of harassment directed at them and staffers by male members of Congress.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said Tuesday at a House committee meeting on harassment policies that two sitting members of Congress, a Republican and a Democrat, have engaged in sexual harassment.
But Speier declined to identify those lawmakers to protect the victims.
Earlier Wednesday, Speier and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) unveiled legislation that would overhaul policies to better prevent sexual harassment and punish wrongdoers.
Graham on Wednesday also blasted Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women. Other women said that Moore pursued them romantically when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
Moore has refused calls to step down and has denied the accusations.
Graham cited a report that Moore had been banned from a mall when younger for trying to flirt with teenage girls.
“I’ve got a general rule, if you can’t be in a mall, you shouldn’t be in the Senate,” Graham said.