Did The Feds Promise To Go Easy On His Wife If Conyers Dropped ACORN Probe?

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No, I’m not necessarily saying there is any kind of inappropriate stuff going on with the executive branch towards the legislative branch of the federal government but boy the timing of these following circumstances sure is interesting.
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Last March the Washington Times reported,

In an startling partisan shift, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. on Thursday proposed holding hearings on claims the liberal activist group ACORN engaged in a pattern of crimes ranging from voter fraud to a mob-style “protection” racket.

Mr. Conyers, Michigan Democrat and fierce partisan, suggested a congressional probe after scathing testimony about the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) during a hearing on various voting issues related to the 2008 presidential election.

Mr. Conyers called the accusations “a pretty serious matter.”

Get outta here! This 80 year old left wing hack who’s been a Congressman since 1965 really said that?……… And was he serious?

Well he definitely said it but at the time he didn’t realize his desire to initiate this investigation wasn’t going to go anywhere.

Just the other day the same Washington Times carried this story,

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. has backed off his plan to investigate wrongdoing by the liberal activist group ACORN, saying “powers that be” put the kibosh on the idea.

Mr. Conyers, Michigan Democrat, earlier bucked his party leaders by calling for hearings on accusations the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) has committed crimes ranging from voter fraud to a mob-style “protection” racket.

“The powers that be decided against it,” Mr. Conyers told The Washington Times.

The chairman declined to elaborate, shrugging off questions about who told him how to run his committee and give the Democrat-allied group a pass.

“The powers that be?” Who up there in D.C. carries around a big enough tire iron to tell the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, someone who has been roaming the halls of Congress for some 44 years, that he will stand down on an investigation into the crooked enterprise ACORN, a twisted conglomeration of some 200 or so different entities which were deliberately fabricated to make slogging through and tracking down all of their shady shenanigans virtually impossible?

This corrupt group, beyond ripe for a serious RICO investigation, not only does whatever it takes, legal or not, to get Democrats elected to office all over the country but is in line to get BILLIONS of our tax dollars thanks to their benefactors in the left wing infested Congress.

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So what is the scoop with House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers’ wife you might ask?

To answer that we’ll have to take a look-see at what has been going on lately with the Detroit City Council, specifically Monica Conyers but before we launch into that let’s take a couple minutes to meet this woman in action:

What a gal eh?

The Detroit Free Press reported a year ago,

An adviser to Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers said FBI agents asked him in early June to cooperate with their investigation into possible City Hall corruption. Sam Riddle, a political consultant who worked as Conyers’ chief of staff after she was elected in 2005, said Monday that agents also told his attorney they had been tapping Riddle’s cell phone for the past year. “After leaving that interview, I became firmly convinced there are council people that are clearly targeted,” he said, adding of Conyers: “I believe they’re looking at her real hard.”

Riddle said he has not seen Conyers do anything illegal. Conyers has been out of the public spotlight in recent days, reportedly recovering from a medical procedure.

Uh-oh, this isn’t looking too good for the wife of the House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers.

Now why in the world would the FBI be investigating Mrs. Conyers? After all look at who her husband is, a man who’s day job screams law and order!

Well it seems her annual income of $81,000 combined with her husband’s annual salary of $174,000 (whoa, that’s $255,000 a year!) wasn’t quite enough to get the bills paid around the Conyers’ household so she evidently started looking around for an alternative method of pulling in some extra cash. Unfortunately it seems she *cough* failed to consult with her husband prior to pursuing a newly discovered revenue stream otherwise he certainly would have made sure she didn’t follow through with her felonious plan to accept bribe money from a company representative hoping to land a lucrative contract with the city.

From the federal prosecutor’s charging and plea agreement document,

Overt acts: On Nov. 20, 2007, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Conyers met with an individual sent by Rayford Jackson in the parking lot at Butzel Family Center and received an envelope containing cash. On Dec. 4, 2007, at approximately 2:30 p.m., an individual sent by Rayford Jackson met Conyers and her aide in a McDonald’s parking lot in Detroit at which time the individual delivered an envelope containing cash.

The payments were made and received as part of an agreement and understanding between defendant and Rayford Jackson … to influence defendant to support the Synagro contract.

Imagine that. The wife of the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee picking up envelopes stuffed with bribery cash in various parking lots around town. Boy that’s classy huh?

The Detroit Free Press reported the amount of cash Mrs. Conyers received at the two encounters revealed in the charging documents came in at a total of about $6,000 but the value of the contract that was approved, largely because of the councilwoman’s sudden support, came to some $1.2 BILLION.

According to the feds no other council members are under investigation for involvement in this particular mess so it sure seems odd to me that Mrs. Conyers would accept a paltry six grand, taking a huge risk that she could be charged with some serious crimes resulting in some lengthy prison time, for her pivotal vote on a $1.2 billion Synagro sludge disposal contract, a deal she was adamantly opposed to prior to the parking lot mad money runs.

In fact federal prosecutors and lawyers for Mrs. Conyers disagreed on just how much bribe money she actually received and her sentence will depend on which side the judge feels is more accurate with their estimate.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Conyers could face 31 to 60 months in prison, depending on how much money the judge believes was involved in the scheme. Conyers’ lawyer and federal prosecutors disagree about the amount of money she received.

It is very important to note that federal prosecutors have stated Democrat Congressman John Conyers does not appear to have been involved in the very serious crime to which his wife has now plead guilty:

U.S. Attorney Berg told the Free Press today that other council members and John Conyers did nothing wrong.

“I want to state that this investigation has not uncovered evidence sufficient to support charging any other elected members of the Detroit City Council with taking bribes or engaging in acts of corruption relating to the Synagro contract,” Berg said.

“I also want to make it equally clear that the evidence offered no suggestion that U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Mrs. Conyers’ husband, had any knowledge or role in Mrs. Conyers’ illegal conduct, nor did the congressman attempt to influence this investigation in any way.”

….“the evidence offered no suggestion that U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Mrs. Conyers’ husband, had any knowledge or role in Mrs. Conyers’ illegal conduct”

Umm, OK.

Let’s see, Mr. and Mrs. Conyers have been married for what 17 years now but he had no idea what she was up to with this Synagro contract bribery stuff for at least the last couple of years? What did they spend all their time talking about, the terrific odds of the Detroit Lions making the Super Bowl next year? I suppose that could happen after all if I came home from work and saw an envelope full of cash on the kitchen counter that I know I didn’t put there, I would just assume my wife, even though we are making over $21,000 a month, is probably doing a whole bunch of landscaping or dog grooming work in her spare time and wouldn’t bother asking any questions.

As bad as all this sounds for the Conyers’ there’s even more:

Federal agents are investigating allegations that Councilwoman Monica Conyers received thousands of dollars in jewelry from a pawn shop whose owner urged the council to ease off on plans to increase regulation of his business, people familiar with a City Hall corruption investigation told The Detroit News.

One estimate pegged the value of the jewelry from Zeidman’s Jewelry and Loan at about $40,000, sources said.

Agents also are investigating allegations that Conyers was to receive payment for favorable consideration of an investment proposal or proposals submitted to the General Retirement System, where Conyers was a trustee, by Detroit businessman Melvin Washington and his Phoenix Group companies, sources said.

Clearly this woman is in a heap of trouble and has now been convicted of at least one very serious crime and suspected in several others yet the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee had no idea what was going on all these years with his wife?

I, for one, am not buying it and as I pondered at the outset of this article, was there indeed some kind of executive branch (read Justice Department) deal struck with Rep. Conyers to drop the slam dunk ACORN probe so his wife, and perhaps even the Congressman himself, could get off relatively easy?

That remains to be seen but one thing is for certain, Mr. Conyers will be the first sitting chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who will be in the position of having to visit his wife while she is serving time inside a federal prison for several years to come. What a legacy.

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