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 denied that he had done this.
The ethics panel says that was the first definitive denial offered by Eastman and was inconsistent with statements he previously made to an investigator.
The Alaska Journal of Commerce in January reported that Eastman 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 from his seat on the ethics committee after he was accused of the breach.No additional sanctions were recommended.
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