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Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:16 PM

Idaho lawmaker who shared rape accuser's name faces hearing

Source: Associated Press

Idaho lawmaker who shared rape accuser’s name faces hearing

By REBECCA BOONE
July 21, 2021

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker who publicized the name of a 19-year-old intern who accused another state lawmaker of rape will face a legislative ethics hearing over her actions next month.

The House Ethics and Policy Committee found probable cause that Rep. Priscilla Giddings, a Republican from the tiny town of White Bird, engaged in “conduct unbecoming a representative, which is detrimental to the integrity of the House as a legislative body,” the committee announced Tuesday.

The finding came after two formal complaints — including one signed by a bipartisan group of roughly two dozen lawmakers — were filed, alleging Giddings threatened the intern’s privacy and safety by sharing her identity and that the lawmaker tried to mislead the ethics committee when asked about it under oath.

Giddings faced criticism and complaints this year after sharing links to a far-right blog post that included the intern’s name, photo and details about her life with thousands of people in a newsletter and on social media.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-idaho-b88cd44d73efb4668ba1a61f55d06594

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