Jesse Watters: Because Franken/Conyers Are Dems, Media Won’t Make Dems Go On Record About Them

On Friday night, Jesse Watters pointed out what he thought was a double standard when it comes to the media and how they cover political scandals. Filling in for Laura Ingraham, Watters led the panel discussion about the latest developments in the sexual harassment scandals surrounding Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Liberal analyst Cathy Areu argued that both Conyers and Franken have been “punished” because House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called for an ethics investigation on Conyers and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said that Franken might have a hearing. Watters pushed back that Franken hasn’t “faced punishment,” but Areu also mentioned at least he was “apologetic” unlike GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. Republican strategist Josh Jordan called out Democrats for having “one standard” whenever Republicans are caught in such scandals but “sweeping it under the cover” when they involve other Democrats. Watters Continue reading "Jesse Watters: Because Franken/Conyers Are Dems, Media Won’t Make Dems Go On Record About Them"

Dem Rep. Calls on Conyers to Resign: ‘Is There Going to be Any Level of Accountability?’

After being the first Democratic representative to call on Rep. John Conyers to leave Congress over sexual harassment settlements, Rep. Kathleen Rice appeared on CNN to again take on her colleague. CNN’s Chris Cuomo kicked off the interview asking why she wants Conyers to resign, despite his denials of the allegations. “Because enough is enough,” Rice replied. “What I am voicing, publicly, is what ever single private citizen is saying across America.” “Why are the rules for politicians in Washington different then they are for everyone else?” Rice asked, noting that other accused sexual deviants — like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C. Continue reading "Dem Rep. Calls on Conyers to Resign: ‘Is There Going to be Any Level of Accountability?’"

Chris Stirewalt: If Dems Don’t ‘Get Serious’ on Franken/Conyers, They Can’t Say Anything About Roy Moore

On Wednesday night, Fox News Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt warned Democrats about their handling of the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers. Stirewalt first dismissed the significance of the “sad” news story of Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), whose nude selfie and lewd texts were leaked online, and despite being humiliating and that it may end his career, it’s “different” from the scandals that have hit Democrats in recent days. “For these Democrats, if they don’t get serious about Franken and about Conyers,” Stirewalt said, “they’re not going to be in a position to say anything about Roy Moore.” He then explained the “total disaster” of a Senate candidate Moore is, but because Democrats are “so far have been unwilling to address” Franken and Conyers “in the right ways,” he asked, “what are they going to say?” “And that’s exactly what President Trump Continue reading "Chris Stirewalt: If Dems Don’t ‘Get Serious’ on Franken/Conyers, They Can’t Say Anything About Roy Moore"

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

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"

Michigan’s Largest Paper Demands Rep. Conyers Step Down After Allegations: ‘Must Go’

After two BuzzFeed News pieces exposed numerous sexual harassment claims made against Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the biggest newspaper in his state is demanding that he resign. The editorial board of the Detroit Free Press — a Gannett-owned paper with a circulation of nearly 250,000 — published a scorching piece today titled, “U.S Rep. John Conyers must resign.” “It is the kind of behavior that can never be tolerated in a public official, much less an elected representative of the people. And it means that whatever Conyers’ legacy will eventually be, his tenure as a member of Congress must end — now,” stated the editorial. The writers continued: “He should resign his position and allow the investigation into his behavior to unfold without the threat that it would render him, and the people he now represents, effectively voiceless.” The newspaper noted the allegations against the congressman Continue reading "Michigan’s Largest Paper Demands Rep. Conyers Step Down After Allegations: ‘Must Go’"