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As 2nd woman steps forward with sexual harassment claims, Democrat Rep. Conyers hit with REAL bad news

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Michigan Rep. John Conyers is the latest high-profile Democrat to be hit with sexual harassment claims, joining Minnesota Senator Al Franken in America’s doghouse.

According to a report in Buzzfeed, another woman — a former staffer — has stepped forward to wave a damning finger at the long-time representative.

A former scheduler in the Conyers’ office attempted to file a sealed lawsuit against him this February in the US District Court for the District of Columbia that alleges she suffered unwanted touching by the Democrat “repeatedly and daily.” She abandoned the lawsuit the next month, after the court denied her motion to seal the complaint.

The woman was not involved in the 2015 sexual harassment and wrongful dismissal complaint that Conyers settled in 2015, which was revealed Monday by BuzzFeed News, and is now under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

UNITED STATES – NOVEMBER 3: Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., walks down the House steps after voting in the Capitol on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The report clarifies that this was not the woman he settled with in 2015, at taxpayer expense:

The woman was not involved in the 2015 sexual harassment and wrongful dismissal complaint that Conyers settled in 2015, which was revealed Monday by BuzzFeed News, and is now under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

The lawsuit centered on behavior that took place later, from 2015 to 2016, but involves similar allegations. The woman said that shortly after she started to work for Conyers he began to make sexual advances in the form of inappropriate comments and touching.

The story came out right before the announcement that the House ethics committee will be investigating Conyers.

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“The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative John Conyers, Jr. may have engaged in sexual harassment of his staff, discriminated against certain staff on the basis of age, and used official resources for impermissible personal purposes,” the committee said Tuesday afternoon. The statement adds the committee “has begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding these allegations.”

As opposed to the Senate ethics committee, which the Daily Wire pointed out is completely feckless, the House ethics committee is more active. As the USA Today reported:

By comparison, from January 2013 through December 2014, the House Ethics Committee launched 53 investigations, created four subcommittees to probe specific matters and issued 19 “publicly disclosed resolutions” as well as 43 resolutions that were confidential, according to an activities report it issued a year ago.

The only way that Conyers and Franken see any disciplinary action or sanctions is if the American people keep the pressure on. As all political observers know by now, the threshold needed to sanction or expel Democratic politicians is much higher than for Republicans.

Kyle Becker

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