RISING star Congresswoman Katie Hill resigned amid finding herself at the centre of a sex saga following allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a member of her own staff, which is a violation of House rules.
The member of staff in question has speculated as Morgan Desjardins, but who is she? Here’s what we know.
Leaked photos appeared to show Congresswoman Hill kissing 24-year-old Morgan Desjardins, of Santa Clarita, California[/caption]
Who is Morgan Desjardins?
Morgan is a 24-year-old from Santa Clarita, California.
She studied at Biomedical Sciences at UC Davis.
Morgan was 22 at the time Hill hired her as a campaign aide in 2017.
The Daily Mail claimed shortly afterwards Morgan was in three-way relationship with Hill and her husband Kenny Heslep.
By 2018, Morgan became the Operations Director for Hill while she was running for congress in California’s 25th district.
Shortly before the Midterm Elections, Morgan wrote a blog post celebrating Equal Pay Day.
She wrote: “Working for Katie Hill has been an extraordinary opportunity.
“I am moved by the vast support of her campaign and the thousands of people donating and volunteering their time to help elect such a qualified candidate, ready to stand up for the issues that impact women and families, just as she has done throughout her career.”
Hill reportedly ended her relationship with Morgan and her husband in May 2019 to focus on her work, leaving her “devastated”.
On October 24, The Daily Mail revealed photographs of Hill and Morgan kissing a day after the congresswoman penned a letter to constituents admitting she had a relations with a female aid, who she did not name.
Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill is currently being investigated by the House Ethics Committee over her alleged relationship with a staffer[/caption]
What is the nude photo row?
Leaked pictures of Hill emerged in October 2019 one day after the 32-year-old became the subject of a House ethics investigation into allegations that she bedded two young legislative staffers, one male and one female.
One image appears to show the congresswoman, 32, kissing a female staffer, who has since been identified as 24-year-old Morgan Desjardins.
After the images were released, Hill’s lawyer sent out a cease-and-desist letter to the Daily Mail, demanding it take down the images as this was an “invasion of privacy.”
In a letter to her constituents on Wednesday, October 23, Hill acknowledged the relationship, writing: “I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgement.
“For that I apologise. I wish nothing but the best for her and hope everyone respects her privacy in this difficult time.”
Did Katie Hill resign?
Hill announced she was resigning on October 27 saying she made the decision “with a broken heart” and that explicit private photos of her with a campaign staffer had been “weaponised” by her husband and political operatives.
In a statement, Hill said: “Having private photos of personal moments weaponised against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy.
“It’s also illegal, and we are currently pursuing all of our available legal options,” adding, “However, I know that as long as I am in Congress, we’ll live fearful of what might come next and how much it will hurt.”
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The statement also read: “For the mistakes made along the way and the people who have been hurt, I am so sorry, and I am learning.
“I am not a perfect person and never pretended to be. It’s one of the things that made my race so special.”