Omar Ashmawy, staff director and chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Counsel, is verbally abusing and physically assaulting women. He is also using his position to influence local enforcement, according to a complaint filed in a federal court in Pennsylvania last month.
Ashmawy is responsible for overseeing the investigations into allegations of misconduct by lawmakers. His office decides which cases to pursue or refer to the House Committee on Ethics.
In 2015, Ashmawy was involved in a late-night brawl in Millford, Pennsylvania. The ongoing complaint against him stem from that incident, which included a number of allegations related to his behavior at the time and over the next two and a half years.
Based on the complaint, Ashmawy allegedly threatened to “use his position as staff director and chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethic to induce a criminal proceeding to be brought against the Plaintiff and/or others.
Greg Martucci the complainant in the lawsuit claimed that Ashmawy “extrement violent and belligerent.” Martucci also alleged that Ashmawy was verbally abusibe toward two women at Milford’s Dimmick Inn. The women whom he allegedly verbally abused were identified as Dawn Jorgenson, the wife of the owner of the bar and Joey Lynn Smith, a bartender.
Additionally, Martucci claimed that he witnessed Ashmawy physically assaulting Jorgenson and another woman named Christina Floyd.
In her police statement in 2015, Jorgenson said she saw Ashmawy “clearly sexually harassing” Smith throughout the evening and his behavior became physically violent. Ashmawy allegedly told the bartender, “You’ll give me drinks, but you won’t fuck me.”
Floyd submitted a similar statement to the police. According to her, I watched each time Omar would come down and verbally sexually harass the bartender as he ordered drinks.” She also described Ashmawy as “very intoxicated.”
Ashmawy denied the accusations against him in court filing and in statements to Foreign Policy.
He said, “To be clear, I did not harass anyone that evening, physically or verbally. To the contrary, I was the victim of a wholly unprovoked assault for which those responsible were investigated, arrested and charged. Any allegation to the contrary is unequivocally false.”
Ashmawy is considered a rising star at the Capitol Hill. He served in the Air Force’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) and was responsible for prosecuting two suspected terrorists after 9/11. He also defended a young female soldier made allegations that she had been gang-raped, which prompted the Air Force to open a court martial against her for committing indecent acts.