JUNE 12, 2007
A corrupt Florida congressman impeached as a federal judge for perjury and bribery is Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign co chair in the Sunshine State.
Clinton says Representative Alcee Hastings’ “leadership role” will bring her message of change throughout Florida and across the country. Hastings, in turn, says that when the next “President Clinton” is elected, the country will be a much better place for the African-American community.
Hastings has the dubious honor of being one of only six federal judges to be removed from office through impeachment for perjury and conspiracy to obtain a bribe. Hastings was wrapped up in a 1983 scandal involving the solicitation of a $150,000 bribe in return for favorable treatment for defendants in a racketeering case before him.
The disgraced judge repeatedly lied under oath at his criminal trial and forged letters in an effort to get acquitted. In 1988 the Democratic-run House voted overwhelmingly (413-3) to impeach Hastings who had been appointed to the federal bench in the Southern District of Florida by Jimmy Carter. The Democratic-run Senate subsequently removed him from the bench.
Incredibly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi picked Hastings to head the nation’s Intelligence Committee last November, a selection she eventually withdrew thanks in part to a hard-hitting letter from Judicial Watch. Now Hastings has more time to dedicate to Clinton’s presidential campaign.
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