Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) announced Sunday that he will be stepping down as a ranking member of the Congressional House Judiciary Committee in light of at least four different sexual assault allegations that have been raised against the senior Democratic leader.
Conyers continues to deny the allegations raised against him, however, his actions are telling a different story. Sources announce that more damning information will be coming to light as well as the investigation moves forward on Conyers and other accused Capitol Hill politicians.
“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,” Conyers said in a statement Sunday afternoon.
“I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger,” the statement continued. “I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics.”
The “alt-right blogger” Conyers refers to is Mike Cernovich. News of Conyers’ questionable practices resurfaced after Buzzfeed reported on the information provided by Mike Cernovich.
“Michigan Rep. John Conyers reportedly settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former staffer who accused the Democrat of firing her because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”
Four former staffers signed affidavits alleging that the longest-serving House member made repeated sexual advances to his female staffers as well as having members of his staff contact and transport women they believe he was having affairs with. Two of the women stated in their affidavits that they thought he was using office funds to pay for their travel to and from his apartment and hotel rooms.
Among the other inappropriate sexual behavior named was caressing, touching, and asking for sexual favors.
The woman who settled with the congressman went through a lengthy process in dealing with Conyers’ unwanted sexual advances.”