Rep. Raul Grijalva Caught Paying Hush Money To Accuser
Oh, this is rich.
Just last week Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) could be heard calling for his colleague (and fellow Democrat) John Conyers (D-MI) to step down from an important committee because of the accusations against him.
This week, we’re learning that Grijalva himself has used a Congressional slush fund to pay off one of his own accusers!
Granted, Grijalva’s accuser wasn’t of the sexual variety, but the situation was just as ugly and the Congressional slush fund allowed Grijalva to cover up the ugly debacle.
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva quietly arranged a “severance package” in 2015 for one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming the Arizona Democrat was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment, revealing yet another way that lawmakers can use taxpayer dollars to hide their misbehavior on Capitol Hill.
While the Office of Compliance has been the focus of outrage on Capitol Hill for hush-money payouts in sexual harassment cases, the Grijalva payout points to another office that lawmakers can use to sweep accusations under the rug with taxpayer-funded settlements negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, which acts as the attorney for all House offices.
The employment counsel negotiated a deal for taxpayers to give $48,395 — five additional months’ salary — to the female aide, who left her job after three months. She didn’t pursue the hostile workplace complaint further.
The arrangement appears to run contrary to House rules that constrain severance packages, and it caught the eye of watchdogs who were already demanding answers about payouts in the wake of harassment complaints.
“It seems like all of these House bodies are designed to help cover for members of Congress,” said Melanie Sloan, an ethics lawyer in Washington. “A large part of the problem is that each member of Congress can treat their staff as their own fiefdom and also know that it will remain silent.”
Now, Grijalva can be added to the long (and seemingly growing) list of Democrat politicians who have been discovered using the people around them as their own personal play things.
Senator Al Franken’s (D-MN) situation continues to get uglier, four women have accused him of sexual harassment but the Senate back-bencher keeps digging his hole ever-deeper. The pervy funnyman recently told the local media that he might’ve been grabbing some butts, but he doesn’t remember doing it.
In the interview Murphy tried to hold Franken down on several other allegations that he grabbed women’s buttocks while posing for photos, asking if the women are mistaken that he groped them.
“I am not saying that,” Franken replied. “As I said, I take thousands of photos. I don’t remember these particular photos.”
“With all due respect, people are going to find it hard to believe that someone such as yourself wouldn’t know that they were grabbing someone’s butt,” Murphy shot back.
“I can understand how some people would see it that way,” Franken said.
“But have you ever placed a hand on some woman’s butt?” Murphy asked.
“I can’t say that it hasn’t happened. In crowded chaotic situations, I can’t say I haven’t done that. I am very sorry if these women experienced that,” Franken conceded.
Meanwhile, the ugliest and most aggressive accusations of misconduct are still levied at Democrat “icon” (a title used by Nancy Pelosi and the lefties at MSNBC’s Morning Joe), John Conyers (D-MI).
The longtime leftwing “icon” has now been accused of some pretty heinous things by at least EIGHT of his former employees, several of whom he paid handsomely to make sure they would stay quiet.
If you’re keeping score, that’s one staffer who received a taxpayer-funded settlement of $27,000, one scheduler who filed a suit alleging she was sexually harassed “repeatedly and daily,”, one former counsel alleging he was “abusive and inappropriate,” four former staffers who signed affidavits claiming Conyers sexually harassed his staff, and now the claims from the deputy chief of staff. Maybe you believe that all eight of these Conyers staffers got together and decided to make up awful stories about the boss. Or maybe they’re telling the truth, and he’s been an abusive jerk all along.
The most recent accusations come from his former chief of staff who relates some very disgusting behavior, and the fact that she went to leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) with some of her concerns… but was IGNORED.
The National Review outlines some of the most salacious nuggets in detail, all while exposing the rank hypocrisy coming from the Democrat Party.
The evidence suggests that Conyers believed that as a 27-term congressman, he was entitled to the Washington, D.C., equivalent of the Ottoman imperial harem.
He routinely hit on his female staffers, and his office was a den of sexual intrigue — allegedly featuring a jealous wife and a vindictive mistress — that properly belongs in a Bravo reality show if the network ever extends its franchise to Capitol Hill…
Pelosi offers two justifications for going easy on Conyers. One is that the congressman is a civil-rights “icon.” By this logic, being a legend is a little like being a celebrity as described by Donald Trump in the Access Hollywood tape — it’s a free pass for gross behavior. The other Pelosi rationale is that Conyers “has done a great deal to protect women.” This makes ideology rather than personal conduct the standard.
This is the modern Democrat Party folks. It’s disturbing, it’s disgusting, it’s salacious, it’s hypocritical, it’s ugly, it’s corrupt, and it’s downright normal for the American leftwing.
Article posted with permission from Constitution.com. Article by Onan Coca.