Capitol Police Probe Rep. Barton Over Explicit Photo

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U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), having apologized over a nude picture of him circulating online, says that the Capitol Police is investigating a potential crime against him involving explicit materials, Politico reports. “Today, the Capitol Police reached out to me and offered to launch an investigation and I have accepted,” the longtime congressman said Wednesday. A woman told the Washington Post she had a recording of a 2015 conversation in which he threatened to report her to the Capitol Police to protect himself after their relationship had ended. She said she had received explicit material from the congressman during a relationship that lasted several years.

Barton said the relationship was “consensual,” and that when it came to an end, “she threatened to publicly share my private photographs and intimate correspondence in retaliation.” Barton apologized to his constituents over the explicit photo of him circulating online. “While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” Barton said. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.” The 68-year-old Barton has represented the Dallas area in the House since 1985. He is a former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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