The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is investigating the FBI’s handling of an allegation that Rep. Louise Gohmyer (R, Texas) sexually assaulted a woman in a room at a hotel in 2014.
Gohmyers office issued a statement saying that the committee’s inspector general “will investigate this matter, including the FBI response to the matter and the FBI investigation into the allegation.”
“It is important to note that the Inspector General will be conducting his own review of this matter,” the statement said.
Gahmyers spokesperson Jessica Lea told The Hill in an email that the House panel is “investigating the matter with the intent to hold the FBI accountable and ensure that the FBI does not engage in misconduct in the future.”
“The Inspector General is a member of the House Committee that oversees the FBI and its leadership,” she added.
In a press conference Friday, Gohmeyers office said the FBI told Gohmieres staff to “take care” of the matter, but declined to elaborate.
Grahmyers spokeswoman Jessica Lehrer told The New York Times that the staffer did not remember whether the alleged assault occurred.
Lehrer said that Gohm’s office did not tell the woman that Gahmyer was the person who assaulted her.
“The House Committee has already made clear that it will hold the Bureau accountable for its actions, including its response to this matter.
As the Inspector of the FBI, my job is to ensure the FBI holds itself to the highest standards and acts in the best interest of the American people,” Lehrers statement said, adding that Grahmyer is “committed to protecting women.”
Gohmeys office did issue a statement Friday saying that Gahs office does not comment on pending investigations.
The FBI told the Hill it was “aware of” the investigation and would provide additional information when requested.
In the statement issued Friday, Lea said that the inspector general will “investigate this matter with an eye toward the conclusion of the investigation.”
“While the Inspector is an independent member of Congress, the Committee on House Oversight and the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee is conducting its own review and will also take appropriate action,” she said.
“We look forward to getting the full facts of the case, including any findings and conclusions of the Inspector and the Department of Justice.”