House Ethics Committee announces that Rep. Alcee Hastings is under investigation for allegations of a relationship with one of his staffers. pic.twitter.com/v2055kzHRw
— Colin Wilhelm (@colinwilhelm) November 14, 2019
Longtime Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) has a history of corruption.
The House of Representatives voted 413 to 3 in 1988 to impeach Hastings, then a judge for the Southern District of Florida. He subsequently became the sixth federal judge in American history to be removed from office by the United States Senate.
In December 2017, the Treasury Department acknowledged payment of $220,000 to settle a lawsuit with Winsome Packer, one of Hasting’s former congressional staffers, for “unwelcome sexual advances.”
The 83-year-old Hastings is now under investigation for another improper relationship with one of his staffers.
The Hill’s Cristina Marcos reports:
Hastings has admitted to being in a relationship with his aide, Patricia Williams, who serves as his deputy district director.
The committee is now investigating whether Hastings violated House rules with that relationship and if he received any improper gifts from that employee.
The House last year adopted a rule preventing members of Congress from having a sexual relationship with a member of their staff. [emphasis added]
“The Committee is aware of public allegations arising out of Representative Alcee Hastings’ personal relationship with an individual employed in his congressional office,” House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and the panel’s ranking Republican, Rep. Kenny Marchant (Texas), said in a joint statement, without identifying the staffer.