Representative Pat Meehan announced today that he is resigning – effective immediately – from Congress following allegations he sexually harassed a former staffer.

The Philidelphia-area Republican said he intends to repay the $39,000 he owes in taxpayer dollars used to settle his harassment case.

Roll Call has Meehan’s official statement:

“While I do believe I would be exonerated of any wrongdoing, I also did not want to put my staff through the rigors of an Ethics Committee investigation and believed it was best for them to have a head start on new employment rather than being caught up in an inquiry,” Meehan said in a statement. “And since I have chosen to resign, the inquiry will not become a burden to taxpayers and committee staff.”

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