Just as Americans are learning about the allegations against Democrat Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), one of his employee’s has announced that there could be many people just like Mr. Conyers in office.
Conyers’ attorney defended his employer by implying that many others in Congress would need to resign alongside his client if allegations alone were sufficient. “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,” he said, according to The Daily Caller.
Arnold E. Reed, Conyers’ attorney, released a statement defending the Democrat Congressmen while calling the sexual allegations “disturbing.” The declaration, writing in all-caps, referred to both himself as well as his client in the third-person.
“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.”
Although the Congressman did resign from his position as the ranking member on the House Judicial Committee, the statement reiterated previous comments that he has “no plans to resign” from Congress despite numerous calls for him to do so.
The document went on to claim that “Conyers has long been an advocate for equality for persons of all walks of life. He has been a champion for equality and civil rights for more than fifty (50) years.” The document, posted on Twitter, went on suggest these accusations had an “agenda” behind their actions.
The implication of Mr. Reed’s suggestion, that “many members” of the House and Senate could face similar allegations, seems more credible in light of recent news regarding the Congressional Office of Compliance (OCC), which has quietly been paying out settlements for hundreds of harassment cases for many years.
According to The Washington Post, the OCC paid over $17 million for 264 settlements to federal employees for violations of various employment rules, many of those include cases of sexual harassment. Conyers admitted to settling one such case in which a former staffer alleged that the Democrat fired her because she did not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”
Facing what seemed to be an insurmountable sea of bureaucratic red tape, the former staffer, along with many others, ended up accepting a settlement in exchange for a confidentiality agreement.
Matthew Peterson, who worked as a law clerk representing the complainant, described the process as “disgusting,” adding, “It is a designed cover-up. You feel like they were betrayed by their government just for coming forward. It’s like being abused twice.”
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Four other sworn affidavits signed by former staffers describe the Democrat as a serial sexual predator that went out of his way to target young, female staffers, going so far as to use taxpayer dollars to fly in his various love interests. One staff member confided that she was tasked with driving his various romantic interests from Mr. Conyers’ apartment to different hotel rooms.
The implication that there could be many more sexual predators in Congress is one that seems possible, especially with the hundreds of cases the OCC has paid off in the past years. Time will tell whether other elected officials will fall end up facing their own series of allegations.