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.

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When the suit was filed in March, Mr. Hastings denied the allegations, saying it was filled with โ€œnumerous inaccuracies and untruths.โ€ He said he would win any case. โ€œIn a race with a lie, the truth always wins.โ€

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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