The most senior lawmaker on Capitol Hill, Rep. John J. Conyers Jr., (D.-Mich.) announced this morning on the Mildrid Gaddis Show, 102.7 FM, a Michigan talk radio show, that he retires from Congress today.
“My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now,” said Conyers, who was elected to Congress the same day President Lyndon B. Johnson was elected his own full term. Rep. Donald E. Young (R.-Alaska) becomes the new Dean of the House, the honorific given to the congressman with the most longevity.
“This too shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children. I’m retiring today,” the Detroit congressman said.
Conyers, who up until Nov. 26 was the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he wanted the voters to elect his son as his successor.
“I have great family here and especially my oldest boy, John Conyers III, who incidentally I endorse to replace me in my seat in Congress,” he said. “We’re all working together to make this country a better one, to make quality and justice more available.”
Conyers is stepping down amid sexual harassment claims and stress-related health issues that have landed him in the hospital.
“We take these in stride,” he said.
“This goes with the issue of politics, the game of politics, which we’re in,” he said. “We move forward as we keep going, this too shall pass.”
He has repeatedly said the allegations of sexual misconduct, stemming from the release of documents relating severance payments that appeared to be payoffs for his untoward behavior, were not true, such as this excerpt from his Nov. 21 denial:
In our country, we strive to honor this fundamental principle that all are entitled to due process. In this case, I expressly and vehemently denied the allegations made against me, and continue to do so. My office resolved the allegations – with an express denial of liability – in order to save all involved from the rigors of protracted litigation. That should not be lost in the narrative. The resolution was not for millions of dollars, but rather for an amount that equated to a reasonable severance payment.
When Conyers stepped away from the House Judiciary Committee, he said he was still intent on proving he did nothing wrong.
“After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters,” he said.
“I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger,” he said. “I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics.”
Democrat Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Legislation for SCOTUS Justices As Trump Prepares Nominee
Three Democrat members of Congress are introducing legislation to institute term limits for Supreme Court justices, as President Trump prepares to nominate his third candidate for the court following the death of progressive liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, and Don Beyer are proposing legislation that would limit SCOTUS justice to a maximum term of eighteen years on the court.
Lifetime appointments to the highest court in our land undermine our democratic process and erode progress in our nation.
We must enact 18 year term limits on our Supreme Court justices to continue our march towards a more perfect union. https://t.co/9fCyggP686
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 25, 2020
Khanna has proposed an idea that would allow Presidents to appoint two judges in each term. “Senior” members of the court would be required to basically retired for every new member of the court.
When I first ran for Congress in 2014, I proposed limiting terms of Supreme Court Justice to 18-appointments.
Given the recent, dramatic politicization of the Court, it's time for real reform.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2020
It’s pretty funny the Democrats are uniting behind these proposals the moment they appear primed to lose control of the Supreme Court for a generation. They weren’t complaining when Obama was trying to replace Antonin Scalia with progressive Merrick Garland, even going so far as claiming that the stealth liberal was entitled to the seat. Reports emerging Friday suggest that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a mostly conservative judge with a pro-life and immigration hawk judicial record.
The judicial branch of government is arguably the most flawed element of American governance, and it’s highly questionable how institutions such as the Supreme Court are able to appoint themselves a nearly unlimited amount of political power.
A better reform proposals would be to institute term limits for justices that only go into effect after the current members of the court vacate their seats. Anything else is simply a political power grab.
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