Congressman David Wu Resigns
Accused of having non-consensual sex with an 18-year-old, Congressman David Wu has resigned from Congress.
Wu had defiantly told Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Conn.) and other top House Democrats throughout the weekend and into Monday that he was not leaving office, despite resignation calls from Oregon Democrats. Wu told Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) that he had “done nothing illegal” in his encounter with the girl, who was 18 at the time of the incident.
But aides to the two Democratic senators from Oregon, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, told Wu’s chief of staff early Tuesday morning that they were going to call on him to step down, pressure likely to trigger a wave of similar denouncements from their Capitol Hill colleagues.Wyden and Merkley tried to speak to Wu directly, but he would not take their call, a Democratic source said.
Faced with this development, and privately being urged to step down by House leaders, Wu decided to get out immediately.Click here for reuse options!
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