November 28, 2020         
Enough is Enough: Ontario Engineering Community Committed to Uprooting Systematic Biases   •   COVID-19 Can Be Beat - Please Don't Shut Down All Youth Activities Indiscriminately   •   “KISS THE GROUND” Wins Its 25th Film Festival Award to Date   •   Jamaican Boy's Post-Dog Attack Procedures Highlight the Less Well-Known Side of a Plastic Surgeon's Work, says Dr. J Plastic Sur   •   iHeartMedia and Podimo Partner to Translate and Adapt Widely Popular Podcasts For Listeners Globally   •   DISH Network Puts Consumers at Risk of Losing Network and Local Community Programming During Pandemic   •   Vehicle Retail Sales Decline due to Quirky Sales Calendar; When Adjusted for Selling Days, Retail Sales Stable   •   COVID-19 Recovery Research Program launched   •   Frontier Alliance International Announces a Deeper Journey Through the Book of Revelation With a Number of Free Multimedia Resou   •   Advancing Equity, Improving Lives: Minister Bardish Chagger Launches LGBTQ2 Survey and Engagement on Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan   •   Michaels is Calling On #DifferenceMakers to Creatively Spread Holiday Cheer   •   Satmar Cancels Grand Annual Dinner   •   Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company Reveals Details of Hall Of Trivia on HQ App   •   realme's 50M Sales Achievement Attracts Positive Comments From Industry Leaders Anticipating Its Future   •   Majority of Americans Expect to Buy Gifts This Holiday Season Despite Tumultuous Year, but Many Cut From the Gift List According   •   More support to advance reform of services for Indigenous children and families   •   Because Apes Are Hairy Too, MANSCAPED™ Supports the San Diego Zoo!   •   Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities   •   Comcast RISE Awards Over 700 Black-Owned, Small Businesses with Marketing and Technology Resources and Makeovers   •   Afiya Bennett Makes Stunning Appearance in L'officiel Brasil in Honor of Black Awareness Day in Brasil
Bookmark and Share

Another Black Congressman Under Fire

WASHINGTON—A congressional ethics panel is investigating allegations that black congressman Alcee Hastings sexually harassed a member of his staff, according to people familiar with the matter. 

Black News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American NewsThe investigation of Hastings is being conducted by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the House's independent ethics investigative arm, and it is at a preliminary stage. 
  
It began at least a month ago after Judicial Watch, a conservative group, filed a lawsuit as the legal counsel for Winsome Packer, a staffer on a commission Hastings headed. She alleged that she had been sexually harassed by the congressman and that he retaliated when she tried to report it. 
  
At the time, Hastings was chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, a group set up in the 1970s to monitor a Cold-War era pact. Packer, a Republican, also worked for the commission. 
  
Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, said his organization has been contacted by House investigators. "We can confirm that Ms. Packer is cooperating with the Office of Congressional Ethics," he said. 
  
Hastings didn't directly address the allegations in a recent interview. 
  
"Quite frankly your source has as much or more information than I do and I would suggest you rely upon them," he said. "It would be impossible for me in a paragraph or a page or two or a tome or volumes one and two to help you understand the dynamics of these events. I'll leave it at that." 
  
Tonya Robinson, Hastings's attorney in the lawsuit, said he "in the strongest terms, denies the charges. He is confident that he will be fully exonerated. Mr. Hastings has stated unequivocally that the record will show that the plaintiff's claims are untruthful and without merit." 
  
When the suit was filed in March, Hastings denied the allegations, saying it was filled with "numerous inaccuracies and untruths." He said he would win any case. "In a race with a lie, the truth always wins." 
  
The investigation by the House's independent ethics investigative body is the latest in a string of recent sex scandals that has beset the institution. Last week, New York Democrat Anthony Weiner stepped down after he sent lewd online pictures of himself and then lied about it. Earlier this year, Republican New York Rep. Christopher Lee resigned after he sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met online. 
  
The Hasting investigation's specific focus is unclear. In her suit, Packer made a number of allegations about events she said occurred between January 2008 and Feb. 2010. The congressman pressured Packer to allow him to stay with her during visits to Vienna, where she was based, and made inappropriate remarks, the suit alleged. In one instance, the suit said Hastings asked her "what kind of underwear are you wearing" in front of others. 
  
The lawsuit alleged Hastings and a senior aide at the commission retaliated against her for attempting to report the incidents to the staff of other members of Congress and the Office of Compliance, which handles claims of harassment from congressional staff members. Packer also alleged Hastings pressured her to give him gifts and make financial donations to his re-election campaign. 
  
Hastings was first elected in 1992, three years after he was removed from the federal bench by the Senate following his impeachment by the House for allegedly conspiring to accept a bribe. A jury found him not guilty of the charge. 
  
The House ethics committee said earlier this year that it dropped an investigation into how six lawmakers, including Hastings, spent federal overseas travel funds, citing a lack of evidence and confusing rules on the use of such money. 
  
The ethics office has 90 days to investigate before recommending whether the House Ethics Committee should begin its own investigation. If it recommends an investigation, the Ethics Committee must look into the matter. If is passes, its findings must be made public. (Courtesy Wall Street Journal)

STORY TAGS: Black News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American News

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News