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.
Conyers said he informed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) of his decision.
“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.
Pelosi May Try to Impeach President Trump AGAIN For Nominating a SCOTUS Judge Before Election
Turning impeachment into a partisan joke.
Nancy Pelosi refused to rule out trying to impeach President Donald Trump AGAIN if he nominates a Supreme Court justice to replace the recently deceased Ruth Bader Ginsberg before the November election.
Pelosi was speaking to corporate news operative George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 20, 2020
“Well, we have our options… We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now.” Pelosi was speaking about the possibility of impeaching Attorney General Bill Barr as well as Trump, who has increasingly become a source of extreme frustration for D.C. liberals who desire a Justice Department beholden to their policy priorities.
President Trump has confirmed that he plans on nominating a Justice to fill the vacancy, revealing he’s planning on selecting a woman for the court seat at a North Carolina rally over the weekend.
If Trump nominates a justice who is confirmed and goes on to secure a second term in the November presidential election, a hypothetical second impeachment proceeding could set up a truly hilarious scenario. Democrats would be trying to impeach a President who just secured victory in a democratic election, truly going above and beyond in trying to override the decision of the people.
Perhaps the impeachment powers of the House of Representatives are destined to become merely another partisan, political trick utilized by the Democratic Party against any Republican President. This could basically turn the American political system into a de facto parliamentary system in which the opposition party seeks to impeach the head of state on a routine, political basis.
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