Several carefully worded missives have made their way out onto into the public sphere from ranking Representatives amid the startling revelation of alleged sexual misconduct committed by Democrat John Conyers. In one of the lengthy statements, Conyers has publicly announced that he’s stepping aside (but not resigning) from his position at the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct.
Via a series of tweets published on November 26th, 2017, Conyers explained…
“After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters.
“I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics.
“To be clear, I would like very much to remain as Ranking Member. There is still much work to be done on core concerns like securing civil rights, enacting meaningful criminal justice reform, and protecting access to the ballot box.
“These challenges could not be more pressing in the face of an Administration that cares little for the rule of law and a President whose actions and conduct cheapens our discourse every day.
“But I have come to believe that my presence as Ranking Member on the Committee would not serve these efforts while the Ethics Committee investigation is pending.”
After originally publishing a half-hearted response to the initial claims of Conyers’ alleged sexual misconduct, house minority leader Nancy Pelosi decided to a issue a more feminist-compliant response with just enough strong wording to garner sympathy and support from Leftist media outlets, writing in a tweet…
“Zero tolerance means consequences. I have asked for an ethics investigation, and as that investigation continues, Congressman Conyers has agreed to step aside as Ranking Member.
“As a woman and mother of four daughters, I particularly take any accusation of sexual harassment very seriously. Any credible accusation must be reviewed by theEthics Committee expeditiously. We are at a watershed moment on this issue, and no matter how great an individual’s legacy, it is not a license for harassment. I comment the brave women coming forward.”
[…] “We must ensure the Congress has a climate of dignity and respect with zero tolerance for sexual harassment.”
The investigation has no estimated date on when it will likely conclude, but starting immediately next week there will be anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members of the House Committee. It speaks volumes when America’s leaders need training on how not to discriminate or sexually harass staff.
Then again, it also speaks volumes when the media actively works with politicians in an attempt to suppress any calls for an investigation into something as potentially serious as #PizzaGate.
The original allegations had accompanying affidavits with multiple witnesses making statements against Conyers. Money was also paid out to silence the staff member, along with various required NDAs to keep the scandal under wraps.
Due to many other recent cases of sexual misconduct making news headlines in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the story quickly caught fire after Buzzfeed broke the news, courtesy of documents they received from guerrilla-journalist, Mike Cernovich.
Some news outlets attempted to push the story into a discussion about partisan politics, but many people weren’t having it and decided to make the story trend on Twitter in order to force a reaction out of Conyers, Pelosi and the rest of the House Committee.