The Washington, D.C., swamp is deeper and dirtier than we ever thought.
Democrat John Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House of Representatives, allegedly used taxpayer money to settle a 2015 wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former employee who says she was fired because she wouldn’t have sex with him.
Four former staff members claim the 88-year-old Conyers — the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee — sexually harassed and touched them, according to affidavits obtained by BuzzFeed.
Conyers has been a congressman since 1965. Term limits, anyone?
The unnamed woman who filed the 2015 lawsuit begrudgingly accepted a $27,000 settlement after she sued Conyers for propositioning her for sex and then firing her after she complained.
She felt pressured to accept the settlement (which taxpayers funded) because she feared her old boss would use his influence to damage her reputation and her career. “I was basically blackballed,” she told BuzzFeed. “There was nowhere I could go.”
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Among the bombshell sex-harassment allegations by four former staffers against Conyers include the following:
- He asked a female staffer to touch his penis.
- He rubbed female staffers’ legs and backs in public.
- He ordered a female subordinate to use taxpayer money to fly women to his hotel room or apartment for sex.
- He intimidated victims to stay quiet or they’d be ruined.
Ironically, John Conyers slammed President Trump last week at Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ congressional hearing, claiming Trump abuses his power (see video above).
“President Trump seems to believe that on a whim he can bring pressure to bear on his enemies, dismiss charges against him, and insulate himself and his family from any consequences,” Conyers said. “I cannot overemphasize the danger of his perspective.”
Rep. John Conyers, referencing Nixon: “We must all remember our common responsibility to prevent that kind of abuse from happening again.” pic.twitter.com/CxcIxnEvFU
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 14, 2017
Conyers and his longtime ally, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, have repeatedly called for President Trump to be impeached. Conyers and a group of Democrats recently filed a lawsuit to remove Trump from office, claiming abuse of power. Projecting much, Congressman?
Sadly, John Conyers isn’t the only politician who’s using taxpayer funds to settle sex abuse claims. Congress has spent $17 million of taxpayer money since 1997 to settle 264 harassment claims filed against lawmakers.
After paying off victims, Congress protects the identity of the abusers, even though they’re public servants whose salaries are paid by taxpayers.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said this scam is outrageous.
“I shouldn’t have to pay out of my paycheck, or you yours, to cover the sins of some congressman who couldn’t keep his hands to himself,” Huckabee told Fox News.
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.@GovMikeHuckabee: “I shouldn’t have to pay out of my paycheck, or you yours, to cover the sins of some congressman who couldn’t keep his hands to himself.” #TheStory pic.twitter.com/VcABqclJhG
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 21, 2017
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