JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A legislative ethics panel says it found by “clear and convincing evidence” that an Alaska lawmaker violated ethics law by disclosing the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential.

At a public hearing Tuesday, Rep. David Eastman[1] denied that he had done this.

The ethics panel says that was the first definitive denial offered by Eastman[2] and was inconsistent with statements he previously made to an investigator.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce in January reported that Eastman[3] told one of its reporters in April 2017 that a complaint had been filed against Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux and suggested the reporter check with the ethics office.

The House in January removed Eastman[4] from his seat on the ethics committee after he was accused of the breach.

No additional sanctions were recommended.

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