CNN BOMBSHELL! Former Conyers Aide: ‘Most of Us’ Have Seen Him in His Underwear!
CNN is reporting that a former top aide to Democratic Rep. John Conyers is saying it wasn’t uncommon for staffers to accidentally see the congressman in his underwear.
Boom! That hurts!
One former employee, Melanie Sloan, had came forward with allegations last week, including one instance where Conyers called her to his office when he was in his underwear.
“I was pretty taken aback to see my boss half-dressed,” she told The Washington Post. “I turned on my heel and I left.”
Bob Weiner, who served as Conyers’ communications director from 1994 to 2000, spoke to reporters and photographers assembled outside the Congressman’s office, disputing Sloan’s allegations.
“Something else that people need to know: his closet is in his office right here. He changes clothes in his office. Most of us have walked in on him accidentally without knocking and have seen him in his underwear.
That’s where his closet is, he changes his clothes there. So to say that somebody came to a meeting and that’s how it was, that’s an untrue statement. That is the kind of thing that needs to be explored before there’s any acceptance to that kind of an allegation,” Weiner said, later clarifying that all members of Congress have closets in their offices.
Note the name ‘Weiner’, #JustSayin
I would think after the second time someone just walked in, he would lock a door!
The House Ethics Committee announced last week it has opened an investigation into allegations against Conyers after BuzzFeed reported that he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 after allegedly sexually harassing a staffer. Conyers denied wrongdoing in that case, but acknowledged that there had been a financial settlement to that complaint.
Another former staffer, Deanna Maher, told CNN that Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005. Through his lawyer, Conyers also denied wrongdoing in that case.
Conyers stepped down from his position as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday.
Democratic pressure on Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to resign from Congress is growing as the number of sexual harassment allegations against him continued to grow and party leaders huddled in conversations about whether he should remain in the House, multiple sources also told NBC News.
In an additional sign that Democrats were dropping their support of Conyers, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to the House Ethics Committee, which has opened an investigation into the allegations against Conyers, urging it to act “expeditiously” in their investigation.
The Congressional Black Caucus, which was co-founded by Conyers, will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, but in an unusual move, staff will not be allowed in the room and Conyers was not sent an invitation to attend, one source told NBC News.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., a member of the Judiciary Committee that Conyers held a ranking position on until he stepped down on Sunday, said Tuesday that Conyers “must resign.”
“No one ever wants to believe that someone they respect and have regarded as a champion for civil rights issues would abuse their power to harm and harass women,” Jayapal said in a statement. “It is not easy for me to reach this conclusion because, as a civil rights activist, I have looked up to Rep. Conyers for decades. I believe these women, I see the pattern and there is only one conclusion — Mr. Conyers must resign.”
Jayapal follows Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., who called for Conyers’ resignation last week.
Early Tuesday, CNN quoted unnamed sources saying some members of the Congressional Black Caucus — one of the most powerful Democratic blocs in the U.S. House and one which Conyers, 88, helped found — were encouraging him to resign as a way to protect his legacy.
If Conyers were to step down, it would mark a dramatic fall for the longest-serving active member of Congress and a man who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and employed Rosa Parks. Conyers on Sunday resigned as ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, where he had served as chair or ranking member since 1995.
Conyers does seem to have the support of his wife. Monica Conyers wasn’t in a talkative mood Wednesday morning as the media camped outside her house looking for her embattled husband, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit.
As she was leaving the family’s house Wednesday morning, Monica Conyers said: “I’ll make a comment when you all disclose to me who has made the allegations.’’
I think he is a gonner! We can hope!