Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., announced his resignation Friday over a House Committee on Ethics investigation into sexual harassment allegations.
Meehan said that in addition to his immediate resignation, he plans to repay $39,000 he used to settle allegations out of his office budget. He said the repayment would be made within 30 days of his departure from the House.
“While I do believe I would be exonerated of any wrongdoing, I also did not want to put my staff through the rigors of an ethics committee investigation and believed it was best for them to have a head start on new employment rather than being caught up in an inquiry,” he said. “And since I have chosen to resign, the inquiry will not become a burden to taxpayers and committee staff.”