In September, Federal Housing and Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt was forced to testify before Congress to answer for evidence of pay discrimination, sexual harassment, and refusal to adhere to anti-harassment laws. He stated that as a presidential appointee “the FHFA Anti-Harassment Policy and FHFA Conduct and Discipline Policy…*do not apply to me.*”
Watt’s claim that he is above the law is dangerous and wrong.
A courageous employee told Congress about audio recordings in which Watt told her they should explore her pay raise–and whether their “attraction” was “sexual”–alone at his vacation house, while he “mentored” her. It’s hard to believe–but all his words are on tape.
We must act fast. On January 6, 2019, Watt will retire in good standing with full benefits – unless he is fired before then. Watt can only be fired by the President, or through impeachment by both houses of Congress. Help us convince Congress to introduce Articles of Impeachment against him.
We need your help to ensure that Watt doesn’t get away with his abuse of power. In this #MeToo era, let’s demand that there are real consequences for government officials who commit sexual harassment.
Tell your leaders to submit Articles of Impeachment against FHFA Director Watt. To contact your Representatives, call the U.S Capitol switchboard on (202) 224-3121.
Your call is especially important if your representatives serve on any of the following committees:
This Thursday, December 13 there will be two protests 7:00AM-9:00AM and 11:30AM-1:30PM outside FHFA Headquarters at 400 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20024. Protests will continue weekly until Watt is fired.
To communicate directly with protest organizers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can bring posters and t-shirts for you.
-#MelWatt @FHFA anti-harrassment policy doesn't apply— Free Fannie (@FreeFannie) October 26, 2018
- harrass as he pleases until January #FireMelWatt🔥 #FannieGate #FannieMae #FreddieMac #fnma #fmcc #MeToo @OIGUSPS @POTUS @JebHensarling @ChuckGrassley @SenatorIsakson @ChrisCoons @Senatorshaheen https://t.co/CYbIzjKoDx
Idk who Mel Watt is but it’s not a good look when somebody paid for a moving electronic billboard calling you a sexual predator.— Wiggy Synthetica (@thisthat_tha3rd) December 6, 2018
A flatbed truck with a giant LED screen displaying a massive “fire Mel Watt” ad just drove by on the highway and totally blinded https://t.co/g6M5rzeDEy— Jen Peters (@EditrixJen) December 5, 2018
From a small protest outside the FHFA today: pic.twitter.com/gCTjgUAiJJ— Katy O'Donnell (@KatyODonnell_) October 18, 2018