US House Ethics to decide on Hastings probe in Jan
The House Ethics Committee says it will decide whether to pursue an investigation into U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings by Jan. 11, though the panel cautioned in a press release that its extension of the time frame for deciding whether to investigate doesn’t indicate anything about what it may eventually decide. A former staffer of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Winsome Packer, claims she was the victim of “unwelcome sexual advances” by Hastings, a Democrat from Palm Beach County, according to press reports. Hastings was the chairman of the commission. The conservative group Judicial Watch has helped Packer in a lawsuit against Hastings.