Nancy Pelosi Calls for Ethics Investigation Into Rep. Tony Cárdenas After Sexual Molestation Allegation

San Fernando Valley Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas is seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

San Fernando Valley Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas is seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Saturday called for an ethics investigation into San Fernando Valley Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas, who this week acknowledged that he is the unnamed defendant in a Jane Doe lawsuit alleging he molested a 16-year-old girl.

Cárdenas has vehemently denied the allegations, and contacted fellow members of Congress in recent days to assert his innocence in connection with the lawsuit.

In a statement Saturday, Pelosi said Cárdenas “appropriately asked us to withhold judgement until there is a full investigation of the facts.”

She called on the House Ethics Committee to investigate and said the congressman “will fully cooperate.”

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