What a shame. Yet another Democrat Congressman is under fire for using taxpayer dollars to settle a lawsuit.
After recent instances in Congress where lawmakers like Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) suffered consequences amid sexual misconduct allegations, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) joins in the news cycle as it is reported that he paid a woman $220,000 in taxpayer dollars as part of a settlement.
From Roll Call:
The Treasury Department paid $220,000 in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment that involved Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents obtained by Roll Call.
Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job. At the time, Hastings was the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer worked.
Hastings has called Packer’s charges “ludicrous” and in documents said he never sexually harassed her.
“Until this evening, I had not seen the settlement agreement between the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and Ms. Packer,” the congressman said in a statement Friday night. “This matter was handled solely by the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. At no time was I consulted, nor did I know until after the fact that such a settlement was made.”
Hastings said that the lawsuit that Packer filed against him and an investigation by the House Ethics Committee were ultimately dismissed.
More via Daily Caller:
Republican Arizona Rep. Trent Franks also announced his resignation this week after he reportedly asked female staffers to be a surrogate for himself and his wife, who were having fertility issues.
Democratic California Rep. Ruben Kihuen is also facing pressure to resign after he allegedly sexually harassed a female campaign staffer during his congressional campaign in 2016.
Kihuen, who has refused to resign, has said that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was aware of the accusations during the campaign and supported him anyway.
Rep. Hastings should be ashamed of himself!