Democratic rep says fake resignation letter citing personal scandal was 'completely untrue'

Democratic Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE (N.J.) said Monday that a letter announcing his resignation that appeared to be from him is “completely untrue,” reports.

"This disgusting smear campaign is a violation of federal law and is being criminally investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police," he said. "I am confident that they will quickly identify and pursue charges against the perpetrators responsible for this crime."

The letter, dated July 29, appears to be on official congressional letterhead and falsely claims that Gottheimer had a sexual relationship with one of his staffers, the outlet reports. It’s unclear how many officials received it.


The signature on the letter reportedly doesn’t match those on Gottheimer’s previous letters released by his office.

It follows another letter sent in the past week that claimed to be from one of his staff members.

"I am outraged that a dedicated member of my staff has been dragged into this cowardly attack on me," Gottheimer said.

It is illegal to impersonate a federal official and to misuse a federal seal.

Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.