Rep. Hastings target of ethics probe, lawsuit for sexual harassment

Jim Kouri
Law Enforcement Examiner

Impeached judge now U.S. lawmaker, Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) received some bad news from his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as from a public-interest group that investigates and exposes government and political corruption in Washington, D.C., and throughout the 50 states.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton yesterday stated in response to a report released by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) related to sexual harassment and other allegations made by Winsome Packer against Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), as well as a House Ethics Committee’s decision to extend its probe of the allegations:

“We are very pleased that the Office of Congressional Ethics report validated Ms. Packer’s allegations against Rep. Hastings. Now the House Ethics Committee needs to get its act together and punish Rep. Hastings for his reprehensible treatment of Ms. Packer. Given the grave nature of the allegations and the other laws he evidently violated, the Department of Justice ought to investigate the allegations against Rep. Hastings as well.

“In the meantime, Judicial Watch will proceed with its lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Packer.

“Rep. Hastings’ attacks against Winsome Packer are disgraceful and beneath the office he holds. His response calls to mind his corrupt behavior that resulted in his impeachment and removal from the federal bench.”

Packer v. US Comm. On Security & Cooperation in Europe, and Hastings and Turner

On March 7, 2011, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Winsome Packer against Rep. Hastings

On October 11, 2011, the Office of Congressional Ethics referred the matter to the House Ethics Committee and released a report concluding, “…there is probable cause to believe that Representative Hastings violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law as a result of his interactions with [Ms. Packer].”

Ms. Packer, the complainant, alleges that Rep. Hastings subjected her to unwelcome sexual advances and touching over a two year period when she worked for the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also known as the Helsinki Commission).

Ms. Packer further alleges that Rep. Hastings, with the assistance of Helsinki Commission Staff Director Fred Turner, retaliated against her when she rebuffed the congressman’s advances…

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