While the media continues to obsess about the fake Russia scandal or President Trump’s latest tweet, there is real news unfolding in other parts of the county.
Rep. John Conyers of Michigan is now under investigation for possible ethics violations.
The Detroit News reports:
Ethics panel: Rep. Conyers under investigation
U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Detroit is under investigation for possible ethics violations, according to a Monday disclosure by the House Committee on Ethics that his office downplayed.
The nature of the allegations against the 88-year-old Democrat are unknown, but the committee acknowledged it is reviewing a May 11 referral from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, which investigates potential misconduct and forwards findings if board members believe there is “substantial reason to believe” a violation may have occurred.
Ethics Committee Chair Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, and ranking Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida released a joint statement Monday indicating they have extended the previously unknown Conyers inquiry 45 days and will announce a next course of action on Aug. 9.
The mandatory disclosure of the extension “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the committee,” they said.
The statement is the first public acknowledgment of the committee review and Office of Congressional Ethics investigation of Conyers. The nonpartisan office, created in 2008, operates under strict confidentiality rules.
On August 9th, the Committee said they are continuing the investigation.
“The House Ethics Committee is continuing its investigation of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, it announced Wednesday.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the committee said it needed additional time to review information following a recommendation from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Conyers, who is serving his 27th term in Congress and is the top Democrat in the House Judiciary Committee.
Documents released with the statement show the ethics board found ‘substantial reason to believe’ Conyers paid former Chief of Staff Cynthia Martin for work she didn’t perform.”
Isn’t it interesting how major television media outlets manage to avoid reporting stories like this?
It’s almost like they have a political agenda. Almost.