Former Representative John Conyers announced his retirement yesterday, after multiple women stepped forward to accuse the 88-year-old congressman of sexual harassment. The longest-serving member of the House of Representatives announced this “retirement” on a Detroit-based radio program, saying “I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support, incredible undiminished support I’ve received.” Of course, after facing numerous sexual harassment allegations, many people have taken issue with the word “retiring” instead of “resigning.” One such person? Former Conyers intern Courtney Morse, who told an absolutely terrifying tale to The Washington Post about just how far the Michigan representative would allegedly go to fulfill his sexual desires. Conyers drove the intern home one night and propositioned her for sex, she claimed. When she refused, according to Morse, the politician “brought up the then-developing investigation into the disappearance of former federal intern Chandra Levy.” “He said he Continue reading "John Conyers Allegedly Brought Up Murdered Chandra Levy When Intern Refused Sexual Advances"
In the wake of the shocking allegations that Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore initiated sexual contact with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, Republicans and conservatives have jumped through hoops to justify supporting the embattled ex-judge. The excuses they’ve offered have ranged from; we need a conservative in the Senate, to the allegations were long ago and Moore has denied them, to the Democrats are just as bad. This morning on Fox News, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee gave us a nice little mixture of the GOP’s greatest hits in his defense of Roy Moore. Asked to give his prediction of the Alabama Senate race now that President Donald Trump has officially endorsed Moore and the RNC has reinvested in the state, Huckabee said he thought Moore would win because Democrat Doug Jones “is such an unacceptable candidate.” He then brought up recent Continue reading "Mike Huckabee: If Conyers and Franken Can Serve in Office, ‘Why Not Have Roy Moore?’"
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It looks like we’ve now found another member of Congress who used taxpayer funds to pay off a claim of inappropriate behavior. In the wake of news that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and disgraced former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) had settled cases with Congressional funds regarding sexual misconduct and harassment, Politico reported today that Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) settled a case of sexual harassment in the amount of $84,000. The funds secretly came from the Congressional Office of Compliance. Per Politico:
House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) told GOP lawmakers in a closed-door Friday morning meeting that only one House office in the past five years had used an Office of Compliance account to settle a sexual harassment complaint. Harper said in that one instance, the settlement totaled $84,000. “While I 100% support more transparency with respect to claims against members of Congress, I can neither confirm Continue reading "GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold Used Taxpayer Money to Settle $84,000 Sexual Harassment Claim"
Earlier this month, it was discovered that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) had authorized a $27,000 payout to a former female staffer who claimed that she was fired after she resisted Conyers’ sexual advances. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the Congressional Office of Compliance has secretly paid out at least $17 million on 264 cases over a 20-year period to settle complaints made against members of Congress. While the office has stated that they cannot confirm any details because they are required by law to keep all records secret, it was only a matter of time before we received information on other settlements following the Conyers scandal. And this evening, another of those secret agreements is now being made public. According to ABC News, the Office of Compliance paid out close to $100,000 to at least two male staffers of former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY), who left his office Continue reading "Secret Payouts Revealed! Congress Paid Dem Rep’s Harrassment Accusers Almost $100K in Hush Money"
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) to resign in a press conference, as the congressman finds himself engulfed in a sexual harassment scandal. “The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible,” Pelosi told reporters. “It’s very sad. The brave women that came forward are owed justice. I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family, and wish them well.” “However, Congressman Conyers should resign,” she added. Pelosi’s statement comes less than a week after her trainwreck interview on Sunday in which she called Conyers an “icon in our country” and defended his track record on women’s issues — comments she was widely panned for. “Zero tolerance means consequences,” said Pelosi in her Continue reading "Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan and Clyburn: ‘Conyers Should Resign’ (UPDATED)"
WATCH: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “Congressman Conyers should resign.” pic.twitter.com/rNAwXAS6h6— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 30, 2017
A political consultant for John Conyers (D-MI) has told the press that the congressman has been hospitalized in his home state due to a stress-related illness. This news comes as Conyers continues to face political pressure from the various sexual misconduct allegations that have come up against him. Conyers spokesman Sam Riddle told reporters this morning that the congressman was recuperating with his wife Monica Conyers by his side. Riddle did not elaborate on what exactly afflicted Conyers, though he took a dig at the media by saying it was a result of the “assault” the congressman has been getting in the news. “He’s doing OK, as well as he can be expected for a gentleman that’s approaching 90 years of age,” Riddle said. “The congressman’s health is not what it should be and lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault.” Conyers has been facing sexual Continue reading "Rep. John Conyers Hospitalized in Detroit Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal"