Congressman John Conyers Outed For Alleged Sexual Misconduct Cover-Up
John Conyers
(Last Updated On: November 21, 2017)

The wheels of the sexual misconduct train continue to turn at a blistering pace, with the Weinstein blow-up moving from Hollywood moguls, to accomplished actors, to media personalities, and now politicians. While a previous U.K., MP was accused of sexual misconduct and committed suicide in result of the allegations, Michigan Congressman and Democrat, John Conyers, appears to have shirked away in silence as the allegations have been made public.

Buzzfeed picked up the news from Conservative Mike Cernovich, who managed to get the topic of Conyers’ alleged misdeeds trending on Twitter under the #UnsealTheDeal hashtag.

Cernovich managed to get a number of documents into the hands of journalists at Buzzfeed, who confirmed their authenticity, which included signed and notarized affidavits acknowledging that a former personal staff working under the House Judiciary Committee member, Conyers, was subjected to alleged sexual harassment and repeated requests for sexual favors.

The former staff explained in the affidavit that Conyers made her work out of his room when they traveled on business trips; that he would express to her about his sexual desires; that he tried to get her to touch his genitals; and that he requested on various occasions to work nights, evenings and holidays to keep him company.

Buzzfeed explained…

“The woman said she told Conyers she was married and not interested in pursuing a sexual relationship, according to the affidavit. She said she was told many times by constituents that it was well-known that Conyers had sexual relationships with his staff, and said she and other female staffers felt this undermined their credibility.”

Unlike other allegations levied at powerful people in powerful positions, the allegations against Conyers and how he treated female staff was noted not only by female staff but also by male staff as well. Buzzfeed quoted one of the male staff members who made comments in the affidavit that states…

“Rep. Conyers said he needed to be ‘more careful’ because bad publicity would not be helpful as he runs for re-election. He ended the conversation with me by saying he would ‘work on’ his behavior,”

The article claims that his behavior escalated after his wife, Monica Conyers, was thrown in prison on corruption charges.

While the claims about sexual misconduct are nothing new, the thing that Cernovich and Buzzfeed point readers toward is that this case was essentially buried under a hefty bureaucratic process paid for by the state, which includes various NDAs to keep these scandals from being made public. Not only that, but as pointed out by the Washington Post, this is a systematic culture within government circles that has seen more than $17 million paid out in settlements across 264 cases over the last 20 years, which included sexual misconduct.

These cases basically stay buried and covered up so that the general public never knows, and tax dollars are used at times to pay for the indiscretions of the nation’s leaders.

Worse yet is that the affidavit alleges that Conyers had his staff pay to fly specific women out to meet him at the hotels, where it was presumed they had sexual relations. Sometimes this was paid for by Conyers’ office budget.

Some staff said that Conyers is “untouchable” because of his ties back to Martin Luther King Jr., and being one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

In one of the most frivolous responses from a political leader ever, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, told Buzzfeed she was unaware of the settlements and that…

“The current process includes the signing of non-disclosure agreements by the parties involved. Congresswoman Jackie Speier has introduced legislation that will provide much-needed transparency on these agreements and make other critical reforms. I strongly support her efforts.”

Basically, she admits that the NDAs keep alleged victims silent, and that there is reform afoot. Of course, this still doesn’t necessarily address parties such as John Conyers, who doesn’t seem very fazed about the allegations so far.

Many have made the story trend in hopes of getting more politicians outed for sexual misconduct cover-ups.

 


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