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Michigan Rep. John Conyers said this week that he reimbursed the federal government for his son’s use of a vehicle belonging to his congressional office.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the Democrat paid the Treasury Department $5,682 for John Conyers III’s use of the 2010 Cadillac Escalade hybrid, which was leased at the expense of taxpayers.

Conyers’s son told Detroit police early Thanksgiving morning that the two computers and $27,000 worth of concert tickets were stolen out of the vehicle. The Free Press later reported that court records showed that Conyers III received a speeding ticket while driving the same vehicle in September.

Conyers, the outgoing chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said his son’s use of the vehicle was inappropriate and pledged to reimburse the government. 

House members are permitted to lease vehicles with office funds but they cannot be used for personal reasons.

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Note: Instead of reimbursing us, the taxpayers, when getting caught “with their hands in the cookie jar”, why don’t our elected officials simply ABIDE BY THE RULES !!


     At what point is enough enough??

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has called on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to demote the official coordinating Haiti relief efforts for not having enough minority staffers.

The House Judiciary Committee Chairman sent a letter to Clinton on Thursday after Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, showed up at a meeting with the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus without any African American staffers in tow.

“I was alarmed and chagrined to learn that none of the approximately dozen staff he brought with him were African American,” Conyers wrote in the letter. “This is so serious an error in judgment that it warrants his immediate demotion to a subordinate position at AID.”

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Note: I believe that Rajiv himself qualifies as a “minority”!

Rep. John Conyers, in an interview in The Hill, has commented on how the President is reacting to criticism of his policies by the Left:

According to the lawmaker, the president picked up the phone several weeks ago to  find out why  Conyers was “demeaning” him.

Obama’s decision to challenge Conyers highlights a sensitivity to criticism the president has taken on the left. Conyers’s critical remarks, many of which have been reported on the liberal-leaning Huffington Post, appear to have irritated the president, known for his calm demeanor.

Conyers, the second-longest-serving member of the House, said, “[Obama] called me and told me that he heard that I was demeaning him and I had to explain to him that it wasn’t anything personal, it was an honest difference on the issues. And he said, ‘Well, let’s talk about it.’”

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The ethically challenged chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has publicly admitted that he won’t bother reading President Obama’s massive health care bill before voting on it and ridiculed lawmakers who plan to.  

During a speech at Washington D.C.’s National Press Club, Michigan Democrat John Conyers questions the point of reading the 1,018-page America’s Affordable Health Care Choices Act and pokes fun at colleagues who actually take the time to do it. 

In the Press Club video, linked by a news web site, the charismatic House Judiciary Chairman says: “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” He also demeans legislators who insist on sorting through the proposed law, adding “I love these members, they get up and say, read the bill.”

Such public remarks from a 21-term Congressman who chairs the committee that oversees the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI should concern Americans who will inevitably be affected by the nationalized health plan. Perhaps Conyers figured that his remarks would be overlooked in the wake of his family corruption scandal. 

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