If John Conyers goes down, it seems he’s willing to take as many of his fellow lawmakers with him as possible.
The long-serving Michigan Democrat is facing accusations of constantly sexually harassing his female staffers. He has denied any wrongdoing, and in a bizarre rant by his attorney, he threatened to bring everyone down.
Arnold E. Reed, Conyers’ attorney, released a statement written in all caps that refers to Reed himself and Conyers in the third person.
Attorney for @RepJohnConyers says he’s not resigning, there will be a presser after Thanksgiving, & says “If people were required to resign over allegations, a lot of people would be out of work in this country including, many members of the House, Senate and even the President.” pic.twitter.com/a77yRjFb7l
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 23, 2017
“Reed acknowledged that while these allegations are serious, they are simply allegations,” the statement said. “If people were required to resign over allegations, a lot of people would be out of work in this country including many members of the House, Senate and even the president.”
Conyers has admitted to paying hush money to the victims, yet still denies any wrongdoing.
The statement said Conyers has no plans to resign despite calls from both sides of the aisle for him to do so.
His hinting at allegations that “many members” of Congress have committed sexual harassment comes after word that the Congressional Office of Compliance has been paying out settlements to harassment victims for years, and always on the “down low.”
In fact, over the last decade, the office has paid out more than $17 million in taxpayer money to Congress’ victims of sexual harassment and other forms of harassment. The Daily Caller reports:
Conyers admitted to settling a wrongful dismissal complaint with a former staffer for more than $27,000 in taxpayer funding in 2015 after he allegedly fired the staffer because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”
There are sworn affidavits by four of his former staffers describing Conyers as a serial sexual harasser who preys on young, female staffers, abusing taxpayer resources to do so.
Earlier in the year, a second female staffer accused Conyers of sexually harassing her on a daily basis. Conyers has denied sexually harassing his staffers.
The latest member of Congress to be accused of sexual dalliances is Republican Rep. Joe Barton, who was “sexting” a girlfriend while he was separated, but still married. An anonymous user posted the disgusting images of the naked Texas lawmaker, forcing him to issue an apology.
“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” Barton said in a statement. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended.”
An audiotape has come out where Barton tells the woman he would report her to the Capitol Police if she release the naked pictures because “she could expose his secret sex life.”
“I want your word that this ends,” he said, according to the recording, adding: “I will be completely straight with you. I am ready if I have to, I don’t want to, but I should take all this crap to the Capitol Hill Police and have them launch an investigation. And if I do that, that hurts me potentially big time.”
“Why would you even say that to me?” the woman responded. “The Capitol Hill police? And what would you tell them, sir?”
Said Barton: “I would tell them that I had a three-year undercover relationship with you over the Internet that was heavily sexual and that I had met you twice while married and had sex with you on two different occasions and that I exchanged inappropriate photographs and videos with you that I wouldn’t like to be seen made public, that you still apparently had all of those and were in position to use them in a way that would negatively affect my career. That’s the truth.”