Conyers Refuses to Resign, Despite Allegations
Sexual harassment charges against Congressman John Conyers have not led to his retirement or his resignation; rather, they have proven that members of Congress are immune to things mere mortals have to deal with.
Conyers is resisting resigning and in fact has never felt stronger about his righteousness now that he has been charged by several people who worked for him with sexual harassment.
He calls the charges an unwelcome distraction, has given up his leadership position as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and has said he will continue the charges made against him by female staffers.
Conyers said he wanted due process — something nearly none of those recently charged with sexual harassment and their lives ruined across the nation have not been given.
Conyers, now 88, issued a detailed statement telling us why the sexual harassment charges are lies, that a payment he made to one former staffer (a woman) last year was made to satisfy her severance wishes more than anything else.
He assured the American people details of the separation of the female employee and boss would reveal that the amount he paid the former staffer was only $27,000, “enough to satisfy a severance,” paid for out of Conyer’s Congressional account.
Allegations about the longest serving congressman has caused some of his colleagues, Minority Leader Nanci Pelosi among them to call for putting an end to secret payments paid for by taxpayer dollars.
So far, entertainment and media have suffered notable lives ruined by sexual harassment charges and the immediate following reactions of television and radio stations, newspapers and publishing houses and everyone involved with those charged.
The media acting as judge and jury over those who have not been arrested, indicted, tried and convicted does not appear to holding with members of congress.
Members of Congress like Conyers fight back. They are members of an old boys network that protects them and everyone they serve in from being subject to summary judgment.
News website BuzzFeed reported last Monday that Conyers’ office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidentiality agreement to settle a complaint in 2015 that she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances. BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately — rubbing their legs and backs — or requesting sexual favors.