CONFUSION: Democrat Leadership Lose Count of Conyers’ Accusers As Congressional Black Caucus Turns on Rep.
Michigan Congressman John Conyers has more sexual harassment accusers than Democrat leadership can keep up with.
According to CNN, a third accuser has come forward, alleging the longtime lawmaker made unwanted sexual advances towards her while working in his Detroit office.
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. Maher says she considered telling her story over the years, but never went on the record with it until now. The Detroit-News first published her allegations Tuesday based on an interview she gave the newspaper this week. She told CNN last week that the societal moment of reckoning on issues of sexual harassment and abuse of power across the country that gave her the confidence that she would finally be believed. “For the young people that Conyers continually brought in … I can’t forget them. I cannot forget them,” Maher told CNN. “I saw all the lives that were impacted by the system. I call it ‘system’ in Capitol Hill, of how these members protect each other.”
Clyburn, asked about a third allegation about harassment against Conyers, replies "I just heard of a fifth"
— Deirdre Walsh (@deirdrekwalsh) November 28, 2017
Democrat leadership can’t keep up with all the allegations against Conyers. The confusion comes amid reports that members of the Congressional Black Caucus are pushing the embattled Congressman to resign.
“Those members are trying to ease his exit without trampling on his legacy during his 50-plus years in the House. Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, is the longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives,” reports CNN’s Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju.