The House Ethics Commission announced on Thursday that they support Rep. Alcee Hastings Alcee (judge) Lamar HastingsThe 13 Democrats of the House of Representatives, the Kavanaughs impeachment legislators of the GOP: "Dangerous" Abuse of Interpol Russia, China, Venezuela Harris leaps past Biden in the early race for black caucus support. MORE (D-Fla.)
Hastings has admitted to be related to him assistant, Patricia Williams, who functions as his deputy district director.
The committee is currently investigating whether Hastings violated the house rules with this relationship and whether he received any inappropriate gifts from this employee.
The house adopted a rule last year preventing a sexual relationship between members of Congress and a member of their staff.
"The committee is aware of public allegations resulting from the personal relationship of Representative Alcee Hastings to a person employed at his convention office." Chairman of the House Ethics Committee Ted Deutch (Texas), said in a joint statement, without identifying the employee.
The statement said that the committee had begun an investigation on May 14, but did not publicly disclose it until Thursday.
Hastings has rejected ethical concerns about his relationship and told the Palm Beach Post, "It's been looking like it's been for 25 years," as stated in a story published last month.
Williams previously served as a consultant to Hastings when he was accused of accepting bribes as federal judge in the 1980s. Hastings was later charged.
Hastings & # 39; office did not return an immediate request for comment.
Hastings is the third accused legislator this year to violate the House rule, which prohibits sexual relations with aides or employees in the committees in which they operate.
This rule was issued last year after the #Metoo movement. 
Hastings has previously thoroughly reviewed the ethics committee.
The House The Ethics Committee reviewed the matter, but finally dismissed Hastings in 2014 after failing to find enough evidence. However, the committee noted that Hastings admitted having made lewd comments to the complainant that showed "poor judgment".