June 26th, 2009
11:45 AM ET
5 years ago

Conyers' office reacts to reports of wife's guilty plea

(CNN) – The office of Democratic Rep. John Conyers released a statement Friday following reports the powerful congressman's wife, Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers, had pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bribery.

"This has been a trying time for the Conyers family and, with hope and prayer, they will make it through this as a family," said a Conyers spokesman. "Public officials must expect to be held to the highest ethical and legal standards. With this in mind, Mr. Conyers wants to work towards helping his family and city recover from this serious matter."


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  1. Buzz Daly

    "Hey Judge, how much will you take to kill that bribery charge aganst me?"

    Yeah, she's corrupt, but, she's no Jack Abramoff, the darling of the GOP. Maybe she can share a cell with Duke Cunningham. Oh wait, that won't work, he's saving it for Dick Cheney, soon to be war criminal.

    There is nothing quite as amusing as rightwing dimbulbs pretending as if corruption is a new concept to them. Ha!

    Priceless.

    June 26, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Dee, 1 Vote

    MONEY – Is not job, IT'

    June 26, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Lamont Buffington

    Please. Unless you live in the Metro-Detroit area you have no idea how righteous the sinful can act in making grandstanding points while swimming deep in the slime of theft, bribery and cupidity. Monica Conyers is the sort of politician you wish to avoid like the plague as hypocrisy is usually their only stock in trade. Substantive acts or credible force wherein the civic responsibility is the guidepost does not appeal to their distorted sense of self importance wrapped in righteous indignation when called to account.

    June 26, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. annie against biased news

    - highest ethical & legal standards – why? There are no other politicians adhering to those standards.

    June 26, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. toby

    This man is equally at fault. If your wife suddenly has all sorts of cash, new cars for the kids, jewelry, etc. How could he not notice? He knew what was going on and needs to be locked up too.........along with that crook Jefferson with the "cold" cash in the freezer.

    June 26, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Sam I Am

    ACORN? You're still playing that broken record? ACORN has been completely investigated by the Republicans and sadly (for them) no actual connection has been made, and it has resulted in the discovery that ACORN was duped by some of their volunteers. Now, if you want to talk about crimes, check out the young man, Nathan Sproul, who ran the organization to gather Republican votes. He was telling people on the sidewalk that signing the sheet would help fight child abuse. He faked many, many signatures. He is currently UNDER INDICTMENT and will be prosecuted for fraud! Clean the political dog crap out of your own back yard before you point an outraged, shaking-with-rage finger at someone else. Go ahead. Google Nathan Sproul. There is no innuendo. There are no conspiracies. There is no vague connection. This kid violated the law for the Republicans, and is going to jail. End of story.

    June 26, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Don

    He is a democrat, why pick on him when there are so many bad republican for the liberal media and CNN to pick on....

    June 26, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. J.T.

    As opposed to all the other scandals going on around the country, this might be the only one that will add MORE stability to an area. Conyers was menace and destabilizing force in Michigan, as well as a flagrant racist and, frankly, just an idiot. Her loss is everybody's gain.

    Also, all of you calling for investigations of ACORN really need to do a little more research on the issue instead of eating up Republican talking points like candy.

    June 26, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Shibumi

    @Alpha.....The Republican platform may make you nauseous but he Democrap's platform will make you broke. That is, unless you are not working, in which case, just send me a "Thank You" note for supporting your lazy load.

    June 26, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Chris D.

    Geez.....well justice must be served....this reflects on you slightly, b/c of close proximity, however, your wife did the crime......So she should have had the press conference.

    June 26, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    awaitingliberalizationbyCNN June 26th, 2009 12:23 pm ET

    Art Michaelson@ Speaking of bigots, are you saying (and since you are obviously a dope smokin' lib you know you are) that republicans and people who watch FOX news are bigots? When you make generalizations like that you show your idiocy. Go take a quart of demerol

    Oh, you mean "generalizations" like "dope-smokin' lib"???? You're a MORON and that's not a generalization, just an observation!

    June 26, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. What?

    Send her to jail. Not only is it the crime of attempted bribery it is a complete negation of trust that was placed in her.
    Yes, I am more left than right.

    June 26, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Come on people – is this any worse than stealing drugs from a Charitable Organization for personal use? (Cindy did, you know == oh she's white)

    June 26, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Pragmatic

    "The difference is when it is a Republican, they are thrown out. ..."

    Which ones? Ted Stevens (r) didn't get re-elected; Blago (d) was impeached, Vitter and Craig (r) are still in office, as is Ensign (r) – but Spitzer (d) resigned ...

    Maybe you are confused with Rush who threw both McCains and Powell out of the pure republican party...

    June 26, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Another point

    To Arlene, Roselle, Illinois @ 12:14

    I don't think the politicians say they want to "Go to Washington and clean it up". I think they say "I want to go to Washington to clean up.

    June 26, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Jim

    I see so many comments about the corruption of Democrats or the corruption of Republicans. They are all politicians, and that means they are corrupt. An honest office holder cannot survive in our political system. He either becomes a crook like the rest of them or it is arranged for him not to win reelection.

    June 26, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Nurse Lisa

    The lack of honesty from politicians is disgusting. How can so many Dems, Repubs, and the occasional independents be so bereft of the very values that are needed to set policy for our country? Instead of reaping the harsher penalties they deserve for betraying the public trust, they're making laws and policy to keep their pensions and health benefits even when the bums are thrown out.

    June 26, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Sandy Underpants

    A corrupt politician? Shocking! Can we just go straight to the executions on all these dirty politicians? We the people should DEMAND more of our elected representatives and when we start hanging a couple corrupt senators, congressmen, governors, or school board directors, I really think they'll think twice before they screw us.

    June 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Ben

    Independent Again – So you think Repubs are the only ones screwing up? You haven't been paying much attention lately, have you?

    June 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Edward lawler

    So the Dems are outraged over Palins comments about Kerry's face, and the Gop is commenting about crooked Dems. These people need to get there brains in gear and work on their own party. There is enough crookedness, adultery, vote selling and laisons in public restrooms and parks to go around.

    June 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    Reaction: We won't investigate into the ACORN illegal activities. Nice reaction, there, Conyers.

    June 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Your daddy

    To Art Michaelson,

    As the song (with my lyrics) goes: "I hate you. I hate anyone who looks like you. I hate anyone who reminds me of you."

    (apologies to George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers)

    June 26, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. JoeCool

    Just a typical Dumbocrat on the take. No real news here.

    June 26, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. JB Cal

    Independent Again June 26th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

    TangledThorns said "Democrats, the party of corruption… AGAIN!!"

    News flash buddy.
    They were always corrupt. I don't know why u thought the were not. The difference is when it is a Republican, they are thrown out. When it is a Democrat they stay in power.

    I always laugh when the Dems criticize/attack the Repubs for lack of morals. It never cease to amaze me!
    ======================================================

    Oh, I don't know. Bush and Cheney lasted 8 years without being thrown out. And just how amazed are you when a Repub criticizes a Dem for lack of morals when the Repub has just left his mistress' bedroom?

    June 26, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Ed

    The continued corruption in the Democrat party is no surprise anymore.

    June 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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