Rep. Joe Barton (R) Threatened Woman With Capitol Police Because of Explicit Pix

by Colorado Blue –

Oh my goodness.  I mean this guy got involved with a woman then abused his power of office to threaten her with the Capitol Police.  And there is a recording of the phone call.

I have to say that was kind of prescient on her part; perhaps she got a bad vibe from the guy?

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.”

The woman described encounters and contact spanning a five-year period that began online after she posted a message on Barton’s Facebook page in 2011, leading to the sexually explicit exchanges and ultimately a pair of physical sexual encounters in Washington and Texas. Over time, she said, she became aware of and corresponded with multiple other women who engaged in relationships with Barton, who represents a suburban Dallas district and is one of the most senior Republicans in the House.

OK, note that about his seniority — I’ll bet Barton wields plenty of power.  Oh man.  I am so disgusted lately.

I don’t care who does what with whom as long as it’s two consenting adults.  But threatening people?  Whoa.

Threatened, the woman asked,

“Why would you even say that to me?…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.”



Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos