Another top politician in Washington is facing a sexual abuse scandal that rivals that of other scandals thus far.
US Representative John Conyers (D-MI), the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, used Congressional resources to fly in women that he was having affairs with, and inappropriately touched women numerous times. He also stands accused of firing an employee when she didn’t yield to his sexual advances, according to one reporter’s Twitter post.
Paul McLeod, a Capitol Hill reporter for BuzzFeed, tweeted the revelation concerning the aging Democrat and member of the Black Caucus. Documents obtained recently included four signed affidavits, three of them being notarized, from former staff members who alleged that Rep. Conyers, member of the House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to his female staff, as reported by The Washington Post.
These requests included demands for sex acts, using taxpayer funding to contact and transport his various love affairs, caressing and groping in public, etc. Four anonymous sources involved have verified the authenticity of the documents, which were first acquired by Buzzfeed.
One anonymous source revealed that Congress had kept these sexual harassment allegations secret, slowing down the process to a grinding pace that left the alleged victim feeling like she had no other option than to stay quiet and wait for an eventual settlement.
“I was basically blackballed. There was nowhere I could go,” said the source, who chose to remain anonymous in fear of retribution.
A separate article from the Post reported that the Congress’ Office of Compliance paid out $17 million for the 264 settlements with federal employees, but the process is so complicated and mired with bureaucratic red tape that it’s difficult for any case to proceed. The woman in question ended up accepting a settlement for $27,000 in exchange for a confidentiality agreement.
Many have called out this process as “disgusting,” according to Matthew Peterson, who worked as a law clerk representing the complainant.
“It is a designed cover-up,” he added, who did not discuss specific details of the case. “You feel like they were betrayed by their government just for coming forward. It’s like being abused twice,” he added.
One of Rep. Conyers’ staffers said that Conyers was using congressional resources to fly in women they believed he was having affairs with. Another added that she was tasked with driving his various love affairs from Mr. Conyers’s apartment to hotel rooms.
“Rep. Conyers strongly postulated that the performing of personal service or favors would be looked upon favorably and lead to salary increases or promotions,” said one former employee in the documents, who alleged that the Democrat told her to “just cuddle up with me and caress me before you go.”
Rep. John Conyers was accused of sexual misconduct involving numerous women, as evidenced in four signed affidavits. Should he resign immediately?
Another added that “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.” Even one male employee witnessed Mr. Conyers rubbing the legs and body of a lady in “what appeared to be a sexual manner.”
With these revelations now brought to the public’s knowledge, hopefully, a proper investigation can be launched into this Democrat’s unacceptable behavior.