Another Democrat lawmaker is embroiled in a sex scandal and guess who paid to settle the allegations? You! Next up is Congressman Alcee L. Hastings. The Treasury Department paid a whopping $220,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against the Florida lawmaker.
That’s nearly one-quarter of a million dollars.
Roll Call reports:
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. […]
“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.
“The 2014 payment to settle the case involving Hastings was not apparently included in a breakdown of payouts to settle discrimination complaints against House lawmakers from the past five years released last month by the Office of Compliance, which approves the payouts,” reported Stephanie Akin.
In 2011, The Gateway Pundit‘s Jim Hoft reported Hastings was sued by Ms. Packer for “unwelcome touching” and “unwelcome sexual advances.”
In 1988, Hastings was impeached for bribery and perjury. Hastings was then convicted in 1989 by the United States Senate, becoming the sixth federal judge in the history of the United States to be removed from office by the Senate.
This week has been especially damaging for the Democrat party with two high profile lawmakers, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Al Conyers (D-MI), both announcing their resignations following a barrage of sexual harassment claims.