Fmr. Conyers Staffer Alleges He Harassed and Verbally Abused Her

Another woman who worked as a staffer for Congressman John Conyers has come forward about behavior she witnessed. Melanie Sloan went on the record with The Washington Post and, while she was not sexually
During that time, Sloan said, she witnessed and experienced behavior by Conyers similar to episodes described in claims against him that on Tuesday prompted the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation. In addition to accusations of sexual misconduct, the claims against Conyers included “mistreatment of staff.” Sloan said she did not believe she was sexually harassed by the congressman, but she said his behavior toward her was inappropriate and abusive. She said she was speaking publicly after seeing Conyers dismiss former staff members’ accounts of misconduct.
And, Sloan continues, “there was nothing I could do to stop it… Not going to leadership, not going to my boss, not going to a women’s group, not Continue reading "Fmr. Conyers Staffer Alleges He Harassed and Verbally Abused Her"

Dem Rep. Kathleen Rice: ‘John Conyers Should Resign,’ Allegations Credible and ‘Repulsive’

A Democratic congresswoman is calling on colleague John Conyers to resign. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D- NY) put out a statement today following reports of harassment allegations against the long-serving Democratic congressman. Rice says the allegations against Conyers are “as credible as they are repulsive,” saying, “We all know credible allegations when we hear them, and the same is true of hypocrisy.” Other Democrats haven’t quite gotten to that point yet. Congressman Gregory Meeks said earlier today Conyers should step down from his post as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

SNL Alum Tim Meadows: I Was ‘Surprised’ by Allegations Against Franken

SNL alum Tim Meadows talked about the accusations against Senator (and fellow SNL alum) Al Franken during an appearance on Cheddar today. J.D. Durkin (a Mediaite alum, and yes we’re done with the word alum now) asked Meadows not just about the women speaking out against Franken, but the letter defending him released by women who worked with him on SNL. Meadows said “I feel like it’ll play itself out” and said, speaking from his personal experience, he’s known Franken as a “respectful” person. And he said he was “surprised” by the recent news. As for the letter, Meadows said he Continue reading "SNL Alum Tim Meadows: I Was ‘Surprised’ by Allegations Against Franken"

Philadelphia Mayor Tears Into Trump: ‘Our President Is a Bully’ and a ‘Punk’

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney tore into President Trump today over the DHS decision to end the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti. The TPS designation was announced in early 2010 following the horrific earthquake that January, but per the new DHS statement, “based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, Acting Secretary Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist.” Kenney today expressed how outraged and how disgusted he was by this decision, saying, “Our President is a bully, our President is a punk, and he just doesn’t get it.” “I don’t know where he was raised,” Kenney continued, “but his family didn’t do a good job raising that guy.” He called the DHS decision “simply un-American” and said there is “no compassion in the White House.” You can watch Continue reading "Philadelphia Mayor Tears Into Trump: ‘Our President Is a Bully’ and a ‘Punk’"

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Goes Through List of Everything Trump’s Tweeted About Instead of Roy Moore

After President Trump tweeted about Al Franken last week, there was some question of why he hasn’t chosen to tweet about Roy Moore too. The President has been mostly silent on Moore until finally taking reporters’ questions yesterday about it and essentially backing Moore over Democrat Doug Jones, while noting that Moore “totally denies” the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. So on CNN today, Brooke Baldwin ran through a list of topics that Trump has chosen to tweet about instead of Moore, including Hillary Clinton, the “haters and fools,” LaVar Ball, and tweets knocking The New York Times and CNN. Back in August Baldwin similarly listed everything that had happened in those “chaotic four weeks” Continue reading "CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Goes Through List of Everything Trump’s Tweeted About Instead of Roy Moore"

Another Dem Senator Claims Gary Cohn Ended Trump Call: ‘Challenge to Transition Him Off’

Another Democratic senator weighed in today on CNN after a colleague said Gary Cohn pretended there was a bad connection to end a call with President Trump. Senator Tom Carper claimed that this happened during a call about tax reform, and Senator Chris Coons said hours later, “I remember it a little differently.” “It was a long call,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto, “it was clear that there was some eagerness in the room for us to resume our conversation. We heard a lot from the President. I do remember Senator Carper making that suggestion. I Continue reading "Another Dem Senator Claims Gary Cohn Ended Trump Call: ‘Challenge to Transition Him Off’"

Democratic Rep: Conyers Should Step Down from Judiciary Committee Position

Congressman Gregory Meeks is calling on colleague John Conyers to step down from his post as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee. With reports in the past few days about allegations of sexual harassment leveled against the Democrat, Conyers is now the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation. On CNN Wednesday morning, Meeks said that “no one is exempt from bad behavior.” “I really think that probably the appropriate thing right now,” he continued, “is that he should step down as the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and be subject to this ethics investigation.” He said it’s the right thing for Conyers to do now, though he did also suggest the possibility of Conyers returning to his position “if he defends himself and says and shows there is nothing there.” Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman Continue reading "Democratic Rep: Conyers Should Step Down from Judiciary Committee Position"