Democrats have a long history of being corrupt and breaking the law, but one liberal lawmaker is in the hot seat after two major events from his past just resurfaced.
Florida Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings is one of only eight federal judges in American history who have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, convicted by the U.S. Senate, and removed from office.
Hastings is still a sitting member of Congress, but his previous actions as a federal judge are alarming.
Hastings was appointed as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1979 by former President Jimmy Carter.
He was “impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives August 3, 1988, on charges of perjury and conspiring to solicit a bribe; Convicted by the U.S. Senate and removed from office, October 20, 1989,” according to the Federal Judicial Center.
The Washington Post reported back in October 1989 how the U.S. Senate concluded that Hastings’ conduct met these standards for conviction and removal from office:
U.S. District Judge Alcee L. Hastings was convicted by the Senate yesterday of engaging in a “corrupt conspiracy” to extort a $150,000 bribe in a case before him, marking the first time a federal official has been impeached and removed from office for a crime he had been acquitted of by a jury.
In a solemn and tense session, the Senate voted 69 to 26 — five votes more than needed for conviction — to find Hastings guilty of the major charge against him and strip the 53-year-old jurist of his lifetime, $89,500-a-year position. . .
Four senators did not vote yesterday because they were members of the House when it voted 413 to 3 in August 1988 to impeach Hastings. Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) was not present. Under the Constitution, conviction required the votes of two-thirds of the senators present, or at least 64 in this case.
Hastings was indicted on the bribery charges in 1981, but acquitted by a jury in 1983:
In 1981, a federal grand jury indicted Judge Alcee L. Hastings, appointed to the federal district court in 1979, along with his friend William A. Borders, a Washington, D.C. lawyer. Hastings was charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice for soliciting a $150,000 bribe in return for reducing the sentences of two mob-connected felons convicted in Hastings’ court. A year after Borders was convicted of conspiracy, the result of an FBI sting effort, Hastings’s case came before the criminal court.
Despite Borders’ conviction, and the fact that Hastings had indeed reduced the sentences of the two felons, he was acquitted in a criminal court in 1983 and returned to his judicial post.
Subsequently, suspicions arose that Hastings had lied and falsified evidence during the trial in order to obtain an acquittal. A special committee of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals began a new probe into the Hastings case.
The resulting three-year investigation ended with the panel concluding that Hastings did indeed commit perjury, tamper with evidence, and conspire to gain financially by accepting bribes.
The panel recommended further action to the U.S. Judicial Conference, which, in turn, informed the House of Representatives on March 17, 1987, that Judge Alcee Hastings should be impeached and removed from office.
On August 3, 1988, following an investigation by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, the House of Representatives voted 413 to 3 to adopt H. Res. 499, approving 17 articles of impeachment against Hastings, the greatest number of articles in any impeachment proceeding to date.
Charges included conspiracy, bribery, perjury, falsifying documents, thwarting a criminal investigation, and undermining the public confidence “in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”
Here’s the cherry on top: In 2017, American taxpayers shelled out $220,000 to settle sexual harassment accusations against Hastings.
In November 1992, Hastings was elected as a Democrat to represent Florida’s 23rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hastings, who is now 83-years-old, won his 2018 Democrat primary and was re-elected to his 13th term in office.
Quite amazing that Democrats obviously do not care at all that Hastings was impeached, convicted, and removed from the federal bench on charges of bribery, lying, and tampering with evidence in his trial.
And Democrats desperately want people to believe that President Trump is corrupt.