The Wall Street Journal is reporting that South Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings faces an ethics investigation stemming from sexual harassment allegations:

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 Mr. Hastings headed. She alleged that she had been sexually harassed by the congressman and that he retaliated when she tried to report it.

When the suit was filed in March, Mr. 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 is still in its early stages. The independent Office of Congressional Ethics arm has 90 days to recommend whether the House ethics panel should launch its own investigation.

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