Idaho House to Vote on Removing Lawmaker From Committees After Dozens of Ethics Complaints

A state lawmaker in Idaho is under fire for "unbecoming" behavior, according to a legislative ethics committee that received complaints from about two dozen fellow lawmakers for sharing the personal information of a young woman who reported being raped by another lawmaker.

The committee says Republican Representative Priscilla Giddings should be stripped of one of her committee assignments for her actions. Lawmakers say that on social media and in a newsletter, Giddings shared links to a far-right blog that included the name, photo and personal details of an intern who reported being raped by Republican lawmaker Aaron von Ehlinger.

The vote on the recommendation was made Tuesday, but the full House will have to reconvene for the vote. At this time, no date has been set for the vote, but it could be any time before the Legislature's next session in January.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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BOISE/IDAHO STATE /USA _Interiol amd exterial view of Idaho Statecapital building and idaho captila tie yellow ribons in honror of soldier from idaho state 12 sept 2013. A lawmaker who identified a woman who accused another lawmaker of rape may lose her committee assignments for "unbecoming" behavior. Francis Dean / Deanpictures/Getty Images

The decision came on the second day of a public hearing, during which the committee found that Giddings engaged in "conduct unbecoming a representative, which is detrimental to the integrity of the House as a legislative body."

The lawmaker accused of raping the intern, Republican Aaron von Ehlinger, resigned earlier this year after the ethics committee recommended he be removed from the Statehouse. Von Ehlinger has denied all wrongdoing. The rape allegation is under investigation by police.

Giddings declined to attend much of the hearing, appearing only on Monday to make an opening statement and again when she was called as a witness.

During her testimony, Giddings maintained that she had to share the link to the article presenting von Ehlinger's side of the story, but didn't explain why she included disparaging remarks about the 19-year-old intern who made the rape report. The Associated Press does not typically identify sexual assault victims without their permission.

Giddings also claimed she did nothing wrong, claimed the intern wasn't a crime victim, and refused to answer questions that she said she considered "irrelevant."

Her combativeness and evasive answers left committee members visibly frustrated on Monday, with Republican chairman Rep. Sage Dixon at one point warning her that she seemed to be continuing with evasive behavior that prompted part of the ethics complaints in the first place.