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Michigan Democratic Party Says Ethics Committee Should Investigate Conyers

Nov 22, 2017

U.S. Representative John Conyers
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The pressure is building on Congressman John Conyers as Michigan Democrats joined the call for a House Ethics Committee investigation.  The committee announced it will look into allegations of sexual harassment and using taxpayer money to cover it up.


Conyers, a Detroit Democrat, has acknowledged he settled a sexual harassment complaint using his House office fund.  He denies any improper behavior.  But the settlement itself, and the possibility it included paying the woman who complained for a no-show job in Conyers’ office, could violate House rules. 

The House has a fund for legal settlements, and lawmakers are not supposed to use their office accounts for that purpose.   

Democrats are not rallying around Conyers, a civil rights movement legend and the dean of the House.  The state Democratic Party and House Democratic leaders were among those calling for a formal ethics investigation.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org