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Alleged Dem harasser Rep. Conyers: Don’t believe dox ‘paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger’

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The Detroit congressman and civil rights movement veteran announced today he is stepping down from his post as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee in the wake of the release of documents related to his cash settlement of sexual harassment accusations.

“I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger,” Rep. John J. Conyers Jr. (D.-Mich.), whose settlement paperwork was posted by Buzzfeed late Monday night after they were passed to that site by journalist Michael Cernovich. “I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics.”

In the last session of Congress, Conyers was an unexpected ally of Speaker Paul D. Ryan Jr., (R.-Wis.), when the speaker actively blocked efforts by House conservatives to force a floor vote on the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

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Conyers said he informed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) of his decision.

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“To be clear, I would like very much to remain as ranking member,” said the combat veteran of the Korean War.

“There is still much work to be done on core concerns like securing civil rights, enacting meaningful criminal justice reform, and protecting access to the ballot box,” he said. “These challenges could not be more pressing in the face of an Administration that cares little for the rule of law and a president whose actions and conduct cheapens our discourse every day.”

The congressman also said he was wary of his being the ranking member on such an important committee has become a distraction to his Democratic colleagues.

“I am grateful to my colleagues who have called for due process before weighing judgment. I would urge them to continue to do so for any Member accused of wrongdoing. Basic fairness requires no less.”

Conyers is the most senior member of Congress and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Congress Uses Fake Russia-Taliban Report as Excuse to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Another victory for the war party.

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Democrats are seizing upon a fake news report alleging that Russia has funded Taliban mercenaries to kill U.S. soldiers in order to make it more difficult for troops to be pulled from Afghanistan, thus undermining President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.

The House Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to make it more difficult for Trump to pull troops out of Afghanistan. It would force several certifications to be met before Trump could bring troops home. Republicans in the committee joined the Democrats to undermine Trump with the approval of this National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the neoconservative who supports Bush-era globalism, said the measure “lays out, in a very responsible level of specificity, what is going to be required if we are going to in fact make decisions about troop levels based on conditions on the ground and based on what’s required for our own security, not based on political timelines.” It was approved by a 45-11 vote.

The amendment requires an assessment to determine whether or not “state actors have provided any incentives to the Taliban, their affiliates, or other foreign terrorist organizations for attacks against United States, coalition, or Afghan security forces or civilians in Afghanistan in the last two years, including the details of any attacks believed to have been connected with such incentives” before troops can be removed from the country.

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Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) bragged about how the measure will make sure the U.S. does not leave the region and more American lives are put in jeopardy for a war effort that is largely recognized to be a lost cause.

“There’s been bipartisan criticism of what a weak deal [Trump] got with the Taliban, a deal that is already falling apart,” Moulton said. “Now we learned that he was making this deal at the same time as there were bounties on the heads of American troops, American sons and daughters. We clearly need more oversight over what the president is doing in Afghanistan.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is the most eloquent voice for an “America First” foreign policy in the House, opposed the measure because of its obvious implications against peace.

“A great nation does not force the next generation to fight their wars, and that’s what we’ve done in Afghanistan,” Gaetz said. “I think the best day to have not had the war in Afghanistan was when we started it, and the next best day is tomorrow.

“I don’t think there’s ever a bad day to end the war in Afghanistan,” he added. “Our generation is weary of this and tired of this.”

The defense industry is pushing the Russia bogeyman yet again, in order to create xenophobic outrage and a pretense to keep troops occupying in the region. The Pentagon has reported that Russia is trying to expedite the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but they are painting this news as if it is a bad thing.

“As of February, the Russian government was working with the central government, regional countries, and the Taliban to gain increased influence in Afghanistan, expedite a U.S. military withdrawal, and address security challenges that might arise from a withdrawal,” a report from the Pentagon said.

“Russia has politically supported the Taliban to cultivate influence with the group, limit the Western military presence, and encourage counter ISIS operations, although Russia publicly denies their involvement,” they added.

The political establishment, including the military-industrial complex, is pulling out all the stops to sabotage President Trump and deprive him of achieving his goals before November’s election.

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