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Rep. Vance McAllister Calls For FBI Probe Into Video Tape Of Tryst With Aide

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., is calling for an FBI investigation into a security tape leaked from his office containing footage of the married representative kissing a staffer.

McAllister, 40, plans to send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, requesting a probe into the Dec. 23 surveillance footage.

The freshman lawmaker is a Southern Baptist conservative with five children. He apologized for the tryst after the press published the video on Monday.

The aide in the video, Melissa Hixon Peacock, 33, who is also married, has resigned from her position at the Monroe office.

McAllister's chief of staff, Adam Terry, called the leak a “serious breach.”

The owner of the building where the office is located, Bill Land, told Politico that neither he nor his staff leaked the footage.

According to the News-Star, a local pastor said the representative’s district manager leaked the tape to State Sen. Mike Walsworth, Republican.

"It's an absolute lie," Walsworth argued. "He knows it's not true. I can't believe a minister would outright lie like that. Maybe I didn't go to his church as often as he wanted. I didn't see that video until [Monday] like everybody else."

According to the Washington Post, campaign finance documents show McAllister paid Peacock $300 on Nov. 8 for “headquarter cleaning.”

Peacock’s husband, Heath Peacock, told CNN that he’s “devastated” to learn about his wife’s extramarital affair and that he plans to seek a divorce.

McAllister says he still plans to seek reelection “unless there is an outcry for me not to serve.”

“If the people are willing to forgive me, I'll keep fighting,” he continued. “If there’s somebody more perfect than me who they support, it's their will.”

Sources: Politico, CBS News, Washington Post