It was looking like the sexual harassment allegations against now-resigned Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and the domestic abuse arrest of his aspiring rapper son, whom he wants to carry on his House “legacy,” was as strange as this story was going to get until The Washington Post released a new report.
A former intern to Rep. Conyers has come forward with new accusations that when she was prodded for sexual favors and turned them down, the civil rights icon oddly mentioned the 2001 case of Washington intern Chandra Levy, who was carrying on a sexual relationship with democratic congressman Gary Condit when she was found murdered in a park. Conyers told his intern he had some “insider information” on the scandalous case and she was unsure if that was a threat:
Courtney Morse, 36, said she was a 20-year-old college student when Conyers propositioned her. She said Tuesday that she believes he resigned to escape further scrutiny.
“It feels like an easy way out,” Morse said. “He doesn’t have to face an investigation now. If he is vehemently denying he did anything, then it’s not about reconciling the issue. It’s about protecting his legacy.”
Morse told The Post she quit her internship after Conyers drove her home from work one night, wrapped his hand around hers as it rested in her lap, and told her he was interested in a sexual relationship. When she rejected his advances, Morse said he brought up the then-developing investigation into the disappearance of former federal intern Chandra Levy.
“He said he had insider information on the case. I don’t know if he meant it to be threatening, but I took it that way,” Morse said in an interview. “I got out of the car and ran.”
As Legal Insurrection noted in its report, the sexual advances didn’t start until Morse was a “paid” intern, and the story continues:
Morse said Conyers then began buying her gifts and asked her to dine with him in the members’ dining room. At the end of one work day, Morse said he offered to drive her to a residence where she was staying about 30 minutes from Capitol Hill.
“I thought it was odd that he was driving home an intern. It was out of the way, so it wasn’t convenient,” she said.
A few weeks later, Morse said Conyers made a sexual overture after driving her home from work a second time.
When she rejected his advances, Morse said she felt intimidated because he brought up the investigation into Levy’s disappearance.
With Conyers bringing up murder cases and running his hands up women’s thighs in church, he’s pretty terrible at picking up women. He’s just terrible in general, though his Democrat pals seem to just love him. We say, good riddance.
Now, who’s next? Franken?