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Rep. Alcee Hastings Accused of Violating House Rule With Congressional Staff Relationship

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) has been accused of violating the House Code of Ethics by employing his girlfriend on his congressional staff.

Just days after Democratic congresswoman Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.), 32, resigned amid an ethics probe and revelations of an affair with a campaign staffer, Hastings has come under fire for employing a disbarred lawyer, Patricia Williams, since at least 2000, reported the Palm Beach Post.

Hills recent resignation has raised questions about why the U.S. House Ethics Committee has not yet investigated Hastingss relationship with Williams, who has been paid nearly $3 million in taxpayer-funded salary throughout her employment, according to LegiStorm, which tracks the salary of congressional staff members.

A resolution to change workplace rules was passed by the House in February 2018, prohibiting Congress members from having a sexual relationship with a member of his or her staff.

According to the House of Representatives Code of Official Conduct: “A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not engage in a sexual relationship with any employee of the House who works under the supervision of the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, or who is an employee of a committee on which the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner serves. This paragraph does not apply with respect to any relationship between two people who are married to each other.”

In this May 19, 2010, photo US Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. As a federal judge, Hastings was acquitted in a jury trial on bribery charges but impeached by the US Senate in 1989 on related allegations. He was not barred from holding public office in the future. In 1992, Hastings was elected to the US House of Representatives to represent a Florida district. He is currently serving his 11th term. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
In this May 19, 2010, photo US Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. As a federal judge, Hastings was acquitted in a jury trial on bribery charges but impeached by the US Senate in 1989 on related allegations. He was not barred from holding public office in the future. In 1992, Hastings was elected to the US House of Representatives to represent a Florida district. He is currently serving his 11th term. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 19, 2010. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

While Hastingss relationship with Williams has previously been criticized, the resolutions supporters have only started to question why the congressman has not been probed by the committee, which is led by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.).

Hastings, 83, told the news outlet in April that the pair remained in a relationship, and in 2017, the pair purchased a $700,000 house near Boynton Beach, according to property records. According to LegiStorm, Williams is his deputy district director.

When questioned about their relationship previously, he told Post on Politics: “My personal business is just that, personal.”

“However it looks, its been looking like that for 25 years,” he tolRead More – Source

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