In a piece published Sunday by Politico entitled “Paranoia grips Capitol Hill as harassment scandal spreads,” an anonymous Washington source tells the news outfit that 50 senior lawmakers are about to face sexual abuse charges, some of which involve the rape of children.
The details change almost daily, but the rumor won’t die: A credible news organization is preparing to unmask at least 20 lawmakers in both parties for sexual misconduct.
Speculation about this theoretical megastory is spreading like wildfire across Congress and beyond, a lurking bad-press boogeyman that’s always described as on the verge of going public. And it’s far from the only worry that’s seeped into the collective psyche of Capitol Hill, where members and aides are now perpetually bracing for the next allegation to drop.
Washington is also gripped by uncertainty over whether the nationwide awakening to workplace misconduct might be manipulated into a political weapon.
“I am hearing The Post has a list of 40-50, evenly split between the parties, that have had sexual harassment charges,” one lobbyist told POLITICO‘s Elana Schor and Elana Schor.
According to the Daily Caller‘s Luke Rosiak, one of the leading journalists investigating the Awan brothers’ scandal, things are about to take yet another dark turn.
“Congress’ human resources scandal is just getting started. I anticipate we will see the resignation of more than a dozen House members over harassment and secret settlements, and soon,” tweeted Luke Rosiak.
“Mark my words, the House is going to be rocked in the coming 72 hours. Tick Tock,” added Rosiak.
Rumors about the ‘megastory’ come amid a deluge of sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill. Most famously, both Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) have resigned over damning accusations of sexual harassment.