The sacrificial lamb for the 2018 election.
Via Daily Mail:
Representative John Conyers faced new internal pressures Friday as a fellow senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus called on him to relinquish his top spot on the House Judiciary Committee and a home-state Democrat brought up disciplinary action.
‘No one is exempt from bad behavior,’ said New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, who is serving his tenth term in Congress.
Conyers this week ‘vehemently’ denied the accusations of a woman who got a $27,000 settlement payment after she lost her job and accused the senior lawmaker of sexual harassment.
A second woman filed a lawsuit that she later withdrew charging that Conyers repeatedly touched her and invited her to his home when she was his scheduler – and repeatedly touched her ‘against her wishes’ while at a White House jazz celebration last year.
In another clear sign of intensifying pressure, fellow Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell – whose husband John Dingell was the previous ‘dean’ of the House – said if the allegations prove true ‘The House is going to have to take appropriate action.’
That was a reference to censure or reprimand, two tools that the House can vote. The measures are rare and can be career ending.
‘I find it very, very, very, deeply disturbing,’ Dingell told CNN. ‘If these things are proven to be true we need to act.’
Meeks told CNN that Conyers – an initial founder of the black caucus – should step down from his committee leadership post during an Ethics Committee probe.
Should Democrats retake the House in 2018, the 88-year-old Michigan representative would chair the committee that would consider any impeachment charges against President Trump.
‘No one is exempt from bad behavior, and I think that he’s agreed and I clearly see where Leader (Nancy) Pelosi has said there will be an immediate ethics committee, a review,” Meeks told CNN Friday.
“I really think that probably the appropriate thing right now is that he should step down as the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and be subject to this ethics investigation.”
In doing so, Conyers would be following a precedent followed by fellow CBC member Charles Rangel, who was forced to give up his top spot on Ways and Means during a prolonged ethics probe of his finances and taxes.