John Conyers Gets Taxpayers To Buy Off His Accusers [VIDEO]

John Conyers Gets Taxpayers To Buy Off His Accusers [VIDEO]

John Conyers Gets Taxpayers To Buy Off His Accusers [VIDEO]

The news broke late last night, via Buzzfeed (yes, Buzzfeed) that Representative John Conyers, who has a long history in Congress along with a long ethics sheet rap, has been sexually harassing women on his staff, and then paying them off with taxpayer money to go away.


And yes, that is TAXPAYER MONEY that was used to settle claims. Please remember that government SPENDS the money they TAKE FROM US. They don’t EARN it.


Conyers, whose behaviors apparently escalated when his wife went to prison in 2010 after pleading guilty to bribery, and who has been lauded as “supportive of women“…


… had no problem firing them when they refused his advances.

The woman who settled with Conyers launched the complaint with the Office of Compliance in 2014, alleging she was fired for refusing his sexual advances, and ended up facing a daunting process that ended with a confidentiality agreement in exchange for a settlement of more than $27,000. Her settlement, however, came from Conyers’ office budget rather than the designated fund for settlements.

And it just gets grosser from there.

In another incident, the former employee alleged the congressman insisted she stay in his room while they traveled together for a fundraising event. When she told him that she would not stay with him, she alleged he told her to “just cuddle up with me and caress me before you go.”

“Rep. Conyers strongly postulated that the performing of personal service or favors would be looked upon favorably and lead to salary increases or promotions,” the former employee said in the documents.

Three other staff members provided affidavits submitted to the Office Of Compliance that outlined a pattern of behavior from Conyers that included touching the woman in a sexual manner and growing angry when she brought her husband around.

One affidavit from a former female employee states that she was tasked with flying in women for the congressman. “One of my duties while working for Rep. Conyers was to keep a list of women that I assumed he was having affairs with and call them at his request and, if necessary, have them flown in using Congressional resources,” said her affidavit. (A second staffer alleged in an interview that Conyers used taxpayer resources to fly women to him.)

Conyers denied that he paid anyone.



And then he changed his mind.


So, why the oopsie?


Yeah right.

What happens now? Well, the Ethics Committee’s workload is apparently going to be tripling, but what should really get everyone madder than hell is that TAXPAYER MONEY is being used to settle out with victims. Members of Congress, via the Office of Compliance, are getting settlements paid out (for more than just sexual harassment-related claims) on the taxpayer’s dime. This means that someone like Conyers, who has been in the House since 1965 and is 88 years old, has been using the perks of Congress to harass women on his staff, and then buys them off with the people’s money.

Not that Detroit gives a rip, considering they keep re-electing him, but hey, Congress? You have some SERIOUS house cleaning to do before you get to lecture.


And the first order of business is to stop using taxpayer money to cover up your own problems. How much do you want to bet things would change if members of Congress no longer had access to their slush fund to pay out settlements for anything?

UPDATE 7:30 PST
Seriously?


Yes, this is as bad as it sounds.


So, we have staffers basically admitting that Conyers is going senile, and he’s STILL in Congress???

Good grief, get him out of there!

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