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Politics Ethics Committee investigating Alcee Hastings relationship with staffer

02:35  15 november  2019
02:35  15 november  2019 Source:   rollcall.com

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The House Ethics Committee revealed on Thursday that it is investigating Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) over whether his relationship with a member of his staff breaks House rules. Hastings over relationship with staffer . By Cristina Marcos - 11/14/19 06:39 PM EST.

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday it has opened an investigation into Rep. Alcee Hastings amid allegations that he is engaged in a relationship with an aide in his office. The Florida Democrat’s longtime relationship with his staffer , Patricia Williams, has come under more intense

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday it is investigating Rep. Alcee L. Hastings and whether his relationship with a staffer, Patricia Williams, violates rules that forbid members from having sexual relationships with any subordinates in the House.

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., listens at the Capitol in Washington. The House Ethics Committee says it is investigating Hastings’ relationship with his longtime girlfriend, who works on his staff. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)© Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., listens at the Capitol in Washington. The House Ethics Committee says it is investigating Hastings’ relationship with his longtime girlfriend, who works on his staff. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

“I have cooperated with the Committee since May 14, 2019. As they continue to conduct their work, I stand ready to fully cooperate with their inquiry,” the Florida Democrat said in a statement.

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The committee , chaired by Rep. Ted Deutch, appears to have a different standard for Rep. Alcee Hastings , who admits to having a personal relationship with a staffer . Katie Hill resigned after the House Ethics Committee began investigating her relationship with a staff member.

Alcee Hastings concerning a "personal relationship with an individual employed in his congressional office." The Ethics Committee also said it was looking into whether Hastings ' relationship with a staffer , and whether Hastings "has received any improper gifts, including any forbearance, from that

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The Ethics Committee said it is “aware of public allegations arising out of Representative Alcee Hastings’ personal relationship with an individual employed in his congressional office.”

There is a nepotism rule in the House that forbids members from hiring family members, but that rule does not apply to employees hired before the 113th Congress. Nepotism rules do not apply to a significant other, such as a girlfriend or boyfriend.

In February of 2018, House rules were updated to include a clause prohibiting members from engaging in sexual relationships with subordinates.

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Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) sexually harassed a member of his staff after the woman filed a lawsuit in A Congressional panel is investigating allegations that Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla The office has 90 days from the time it opened the case to decide whether to refer it to the House Ethics Committee .

Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) has been accused of violating the House Code of Ethics by employing his girlfriend on his congressional staff. Hill’s recent resignation has raised questions about why the U.S. House Ethics Committee has not yet investigated Hastings ’s relationship with Williams, who has

The committee, led by Chairman Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, and ranking member Kenny Marchant, a Texas Republican, is additionally considering whether Hastings has received improper gifts from Williams.

Williams makes $168,411 annually as the office’s deputy district director, the highest salary in Hasting’s office. The next highest staffer salary is that of Lale Morrison, the chief of staff, who makes $88,411 a year, according to payroll records from May 2019.

The average salary for a district director in 2018 was $94,042, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

This is the third such recent announcement of an Ethics Committee investigation into a member or delegate allegedly having sexual relations with a subordinate.

The committee announced on Oct. 23 it was investigating California Democrat Katie Hill amid allegations she was involved with a staffer. She resigned on Oct. 31.

On Oct. 24, the panel announced an investigation of Del. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, D-Guam, regarding an alleged relationship with a staffer and other issues.

The Ethics Committee declined to comment.

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