Rep. John Conyers appears to have used tax dollars to settle a sexual harassment claim. It’s just the latest example of corruption in Congress related to sexual misconduct. The use of taxpayer funds adds a new level of outrage, however.
The Daily Caller reports:
REVEALED: Top Democrat Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accuser With $27K In Taxpayer Money
A leading Democratic congressman settled a wrongful dismissal complaint for more than $27,000 in taxpayer funding after he allegedly fired the staffer because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances,” according to a new report.
The congressman, Michigan Rep. John Conyers, is described as a serial sexual harasser who would prey on his female staffers in sworn affidavits signed by four of his former staffers. BuzzFeed News first reported the bombshell allegations and accompanying settlement after right-wing blogger Mike Cernovich provided the website with the documents.
One former female employee filed a complaint with the Congressional Office Of Compliance in 2014, alleging that she was fired for rebuffing Conyers’ sexual advances. It was that employee who eventually received a $27,111.75 settlement in 2015, in exchange for a confidentiality agreement. The congressman did not admit to fault as part of the settlement agreement.
The people of Michigan deserve better. Is there no one else who can run for this seat?