Disgraced Katie Hill Tells CNN She Still Identifies As a Member of Congress: 'I'm Not Going Away'

By Susan Jones | December 3, 2019 | 9:42am EST
California Democrat Katie Hill was forced to resign her U.S. congressional seat following disclosure of at least one inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate. (Photo by Mark RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
California Democrat Katie Hill was forced to resign her U.S. congressional seat following disclosure of at least one inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate. (Photo by Mark RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking as though she were still in Congress, former Rep. Katie Hill was invited by CNN to opine on the Democrats' impeachment push on Tuesday.

Hill, a California Democrat, told "New Day" host Alisyn Camerota, "I think Democrats are playing it by the book. We are doing -- I'm going to continue to say 'we,' because that's still how I kind of identify," said Hill, who resigned amid a sex scandal that included her alleged affair with a subordinate congressional staffer and her admitted affair with a campaign staffer.

Unsurprisingly, Hill praised Democrats for holding President Trump "accountable," blasted Republicans for their allegiance to "the cult that is Donald Trump," and labeled Fox News as a "propaganda network."

She also said that impeachment is "not about removing the president." It's about setting "standards" for future presidents, Hill opined:

"It's about saying what is okay moving forward. And you know, at some point we're not going to have Donald Trump as our president. Thank God. But are we going to reset the standards that we have had within American history of what is acceptable for a president to do? And we have to set that standard here."

'I'm not going away'

Speaking of setting standards, Camerota asked Hill about her "personal journey."

"I do want to ask you about your personal journey. You left Congress, I think you resigned on November 1st, after a scandal involving a relationship and publication of private (sexually explicit) photos. And so now, a month later, I'm just wondering what your thoughts are, what your next move is," Camerota asked.

"Sure," Hill replied.

Well, first of all, I came out saying that I'm not going away. And a huge part of that for me is the people that counted on me, the people who invested their time and money and energy and beliefs in saying that what I was fighting for was something that they felt was important, and that continues. So I am going to be working in a variety of different capacities to continue that effort.

You know, I think one of the things that we're looking at soon is establishing a PAC (political action committee) so that I can be involved in elections moving forward into next year. The fight is so, so important for us to flip the Senate, for us to maintain the majority in the House. And local elections up and down the ballot are going to be critical as well.

So I'll be playing a role in that, exactly to be defined in the coming months, but I'm not going away. And, you know, at the end of the day I've made mistakes, but I also don't think that that should, you know, inhibit you from being able to do what you think is important.

When scandal erupted around Hill, a first-term member of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a statement reading in part: "She has acknowledged errors in judgment that made her continued service as a Member untenable. We must ensure a climate of integrity and dignity in the Congress, and in all workplaces.”

Speaking of integrity and dignity:  Shortly after Hill appeared on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday morning, fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was invited to criticize Attorney General William Barr, based on a report in The Washington Post.

The Post reported on Tuesday that Barr disagrees with Inspector General Michael Horowitz that the FBI "had enough information in July 2016 to justify launching a probe of Trump campaign members."

McCabe leapt to the conclusion that Barr is trying to "undermine conclusions" of the IG report, which is due out on Monday.



 

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