John Conyers was the biggest name held up for public scrutiny over sex accusations on Tuesday, although I believe there were other new names. There are now two women who have leveled accusations against him.
The feeding frenzy thus continues.
While listening to the radio on Tuesday I heard Rush Limbaugh poo-poo the theory that women are rushing to accuse men because of their hatred of President Trump. I think the theory goes that if enough women step forward to accuse rich and powerful men of sexual crimes and near crimes, then women who have something on Trump will step forward and destroy his presidency via the impeachment route.
You do have to wonder if the present mania isn’t setting up the public to accept the destruction of Trump, if a credible female accuser appears.
If an ethics investigation forces Rep. Conyers of Michigan out of the House, it would be no great loss. However, his replacement would undoubtedly be another Negro, perhaps one much less intelligent and more militant than Conyers.
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., was accused of sexual misconduct by a second woman earlier this year, as he faces a new ethics investigation after denying a separate report that alleges he sexually harassed a female aide, leading to a reported five-figure payout funded by taxpayers.
“The committee is aware of public allegations that Representative John Conyers, Jr. may have engaged in sexual harassment of members of his staff, discriminated against certain staff on the basis of age, and used official resources for impermissible personal purposes,” Reps. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the chair and ranking member of the House Ethics Committee, announced today. “The committee … has begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding these allegations.” Conyers is already under investigation by the ethics committee for a separate matter pertaining to his former chief of staff.
Conyers, the longest-serving current member in the House of Representatives, said in a statement that he “expressly and vehemently” denies the allegations, which were first reported by Buzzfeed.
On Monday, BuzzFeed published a report that said Conyers’ office paid a female aide more than $27,000 as part of a confidentiality agreement to settle a complaint.
In his statement, Conyers, 88, said that his office “resolved the allegations,” though with an “express denial of liability, in order to save all involved from the rigors of protracted litigation.”
“The resolution was not for millions of dollars, but rather for an amount that equated to a reasonable severance payment,” Conyers said.
A second woman accused Conyers of sexual misconduct, outlined in court documents whose details were first published Tuesday by BuzzFeed.
Conyers’ longtime scheduler filed a complaint in federal court earlier this year alleging “sexual advances in the form of inappropriate comments and touches” that were so frequent “that they created a hostile work environment.” She says in the filings, which were obtained by ABC News, that she’s known Conyers since 2006 and began working as a scheduler in 2015. The woman alleges the repeated harassment led her to suffer “insomnia, anxiety, depression and chest pains.” She eventually requested sick leave in 2016, but when she wouldn’t provide medical documents explaining the reason for her sick leave, her position was terminated. The woman says in the filings she didn’t want to provide the documents because of an “atmosphere of mistrust.”
In the filings, the woman asked the court to keep the complaint under seal to protect her privacy. The judge rejected that request, and then the woman dropped the case.
Asked for comment on the scheduler’s complaint, Conyers’ spokesperson told ABC News: “[The former staffer] voluntarily decided to drop her case.”
Prior to the ethics committee’s announcement, several Democrats demanded an investigation, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. — two of Conyers’ colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee — as well as Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
“As members of Congress, we each have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the House of Representatives and to ensure a climate of dignity and respect, with zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying or abuse,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “As I have said before, any credible allegation of sexual harassment must be investigated by the ethics committee.”