In 1998, amid the scandal over President Bill Clinton’s affair with a White House intern, Barton was quoted in the Los Angeles Times saying, “I personally don’t care a fig about what he does in his bedroom with his wife or any other sexual partners he may have, but I do care if he lies under oath.” Barton was still married to his second wife when his relationship with the woman began.
His wife filed for divorce in April 2014, according to court records; the divorce was made final in February 2015.
The two slept together during that visit, and he reimbursed her in cash for her flight, she said.
Online second life sex
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. ” 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.
Read more at Power Post Alice Crites, Julie Tate and Michelle Ye Hee Lee contributed to this report.
MY DAD AND HOW HE MADE ME LIE TO THE CLERGY If he was still with us here in the land of the living, today would’ve been my Dad’s 78th Birthday.
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.
He is a former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and now serves as vice chairman of the panel.
The Texas native has built a reputation on Capitol Hill as a fierce advocate for the oil and gas industry and a reliable vote for conservative legislation.
A member of the Freedom Caucus, Barton regularly receives top scores from socially conservative groups such as the Family Research Council that analyze members’ stances on positions such as abortion and gay rights.