Report: Pro-Life DesJarlais Pushed For Mistress To Get Abortion
HuffPo, which obtained a transcript of a recorded phone call between DesJarlais and the woman, reports that DesJarlais made the recording himself, citing three anonymous sources "familiar with the call and the recording." His wife initially filed for divorce in 1998, and renewed the proceedings in 2000.
DesJarlais was a doctor before his 2010 election to Congress. The mistress, who was initially a patient of his with a foot problem, and DesJarlais had this exchange, according to HuffPo:
"You told me you'd have an abortion, and now we're getting too far along without one," DesJarlais tells the woman at one point in the call while negotiating with her over whether he'll reveal her identity to his wife. They then discuss whether he will accompany her to a procedure to end the sort of life the congressman now describes as "sacred."
"You told me you would have time to go with me and everything," the woman complains.
"I said, if I could, I would, didn't I? And I will try," DesJarlais says. "If I can [find] time, you're saying you still will?"
"Yeah," the woman answers.
HuffPo gave DesJarlais a copy of the transcript. He didn't deny its contents but his campaign released a statement saying in part that "desperate personal attacks do not solve our nation's problems" and referring to his opponents as engaging in "gutter politics."
The Tennessee Congressman is in a re-election bout. He leads his Democratic opponent, State Senator Eric Stewart, and has also raised about twice as much money as Stewart.