Congressman Joe Barton's scandal gets even deeper. Earlier on Wednesday, the Congressman apologized after his lewd photos and text to a woman was revealed. By Wednesday night the Washington post had the full story including a recording of the Congressman admitting to various indiscretions as well as threatening the woman he slept with twice. This fiasco is only an issue because this sect of Republicans purports to be the moral police yet like Roy Moore, they are hypocrites.
Congressman Joe Barton, Republican of Texas, threatened to report the woman he was sleeping with to the Capitol police with the expectation his secret would remain. The Washington Post reports the following.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who apologized Wednesday for a lewd photo of him that circulated on the Internet, told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages that he would report her to the Capitol Police because she could expose his behavior, according to a recording reviewed by The Washington Post.
The woman spoke to The Post after the lewd photo was published Tuesday by an anonymous Twitter account. She shared a secretly recorded phone conversation she had with Barton in 2015 in which he warned her against using the explicit materials “in a way that would negatively affect my career.” ...
In the 2015 phone call, Barton confronted the woman over her communications with the other women, including her decision to share explicit materials he had sent. In that context, he mentioned the Capitol Police, a comment the woman interpreted as an attempt to intimidate her.
“I want your word that this ends,” he said, according to the recording, adding: “I will be completely straight with you. I am ready if I have to, I don’t want to, but I should take all this crap to the Capitol Hill Police and have them launch an investigation. And if I do that, that hurts me potentially big time.”
“Why would you even say that to me?” the woman responded. “The Capitol Hill police? And what would you tell them, sir?”
Said Barton: “I would tell them that I had a three-year undercover relationship with you over the Internet that was heavily sexual and that I had met you twice while married and had sex with you on two different occasions and that I exchanged inappropriate photographs and videos with you that I wouldn’t like to be seen made public, that you still apparently had all of those and were in position to use them in a way that would negatively affect my career. That’s the truth.”
But there is more to our family values politician.
Besides the recording of the phone call, the woman shared text and social media messages she exchanged with Barton, as well as a 53-second cellphone video Barton recorded of himself while masturbating.
Joe Barton is a member of the Freedom Caucus. He is one of the staunchest faux family values politicians in Washington. These guys continue to show they are full of it and are nothing but hypocrites. One would think given their lifestyles and the realities that their states are worse off both socially and economically than those run by Progressive policies, they would change their Puritanical tenets. We expect more shoes to drop.
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