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WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it is investigating veteran Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings’ relationship with his longtime girlfriend, who works on his staff.
The Ethics Committee said in a statement Thursday that it’s “aware of public allegations” that the 14-term Democrat has a personal relationship with a member of his staff. The staffer was not identified, but news media in Florida have reported that Hastings’ longtime girlfriend, Patricia Williams, serves as a top official in his district office in Florida.
The committee said it is investigating whether Hastings, 83, violated a 2018 House rule that prohibits sexual relationships between lawmakers and staff.
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Freshman Democratic Rep. Katie Hill of California resigned last month after Ethics began investigating whether she had an inappropriate relationship with an aide in her congressional office. Hill denied the allegation and blamed a “smear” campaign by her estranged husband.
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