Paranoia grips Capitol Hill as harassment scandal spreads
Lawmakers and aides are consumed by one question: Who’s next?
- “I am hearing The Post has a list of 40-50, evenly split between the parties, that have had sexual harassment charges,” one lobbyist texted POLITICO.
The details change almost daily, but the rumor won’t die: A credible news organization is preparing to unmask at least 20 lawmakers in both parties for sexual misconduct.
Speculation about this theoretical megastory is spreading like wildfire across Congress and beyond, a lurking bad-press boogeyman that’s always described as on the verge of going public. And it’s far from the only worry that’s seeped into the collective psyche of Capitol Hill, where members and aides are now perpetually bracing for the next allegation to drop.
Washington is also gripped by uncertainty over whether the nationwide awakening to workplace misconduct might be manipulated into a political weapon.
…Part of the reason that the rumor about 20 or more lawmakers being unmasked as sexual harassers has proved so durable is that, after the recent wave of resignations, it feels both shocking and believable.
By last week, The Washington Post was the organization, and the number of members had grown more grandiose.
“I am hearing The Post has a list of 40-50, evenly split between the parties, that have had sexual harassment charges,” one lobbyist texted POLITICO.
- Democratic strategist Michael Trujillo: SOURCES:
@CNN and @washingtonpost working on exposing 20-30 congressional members 4 sexual harassment
- Neil King: Hearing the total may top 40.
( NTK ) The buzz around Capitol Hill is that after Franken, Conyers, Franks, and Farenthold, there’s more to come on exposing sexual harassment in Congress.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is resigning over numerous harassment allegations. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is retiring over numerous allegations. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) announced his retirement on Thursday over an ethics investigation. And Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) will face an ethics probe over harassment allegations.
Rumor has it on Capitol Hill, though, that this is just the beginning of the reckoning in Congress over sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Michael Trujillo, a Democratic strategist, tweeted on Thursday that CNN and The Washington Post are working on a story “exposing 20-30 congressional members [for] sexual harassment.”
35: Number of U.S. Congress incumbents who are not running for re-election in 2018…Draining the Swamp!
List of U.S. Congress incumbents who are not running for re-election in 2018
This page lists the incumbent members of the 115th U.S. Congress who are not running for re-election in the 2018 Congressional elections (both U.S. Senate and U.S. House).
U.S. Senate members
U.S. House members
As of November 28, 2017, a total of 33 representatives will not seek re-election to their U.S. House districts.
Incumbents retiring from public office
- D.C. Pharmacist Mike Kim: ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’
STAT News reports:
Mike Kim, the reserved pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy, said he has gotten used to knowing the most sensitive details about some of the most famous people in Washington.
“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
“It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’”
Kim’s tiny pharmacy — which, at its busiest, sends as many as 100 prescriptions to members in a day — is nestled among Capitol Hill’s stateliest row houses, less than four blocks from the Capitol building itself. Founded in 1867 and named for a previous owner, the pharmacy predates penicillin, the American health insurance system, and even the Lincoln Memorial.
Pres. Trump: Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!
DACA is a 2012 executive order by Barack Obama. This is Trump’s way of letting Congress fix an executive order that was nothing but amnesty.
Illegal immigration problem needs common sense solution. The merit system for legal immigrants is a good start. But for the illegals, an inevitable amnesty is on the horizon.
But I believe all illegals that would be granted the amnesty should be punished with one thing – do not allow them to vote for the next 50 years, that way they are going to be useless to the Democrat Party. Build the wall and deport the criminals.
According to Breitbart:
President Trump called on Congress to “legalize” DACA late Tuesday, just hours after his administration announced the repeal of the amnesty for children brought to the country illegally — promising that he will “revisit this issue” if Congress does not turn DACA into legislation.
The tweet appears to be adopting an argument used by many establishment Republicans that posits the problem with DACA was not its substance, but primarily that it was done unilaterally by President Obama, not through Congress.
If Obamacare is so good, how come our lawmakers exempted themselves, their families, their cronies and their staff from this ‘amazing’ law? Time for Trump to pass an executive order and remove this loophole. Ending the special perk funded by taxpayers may be the only leverage President Trump has to fulfill his promise to repeal ObamaCare.
A frustrated President Trump took to twitter on Saturday to warn Congress that if new healthcare bill is not approved soon, they can forget about their exemption from Obamacare.
- If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!
- Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead! Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!
- After seven years of “talking” Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!
Trump also calls for ending of 60 votes and switch to 51 majority votes.
- Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE!
- The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R’s in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!
- Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don’t go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time……
- 8 Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate’s Law and complete Healthcare. Get smart!
- If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute. They are laughing at R’s. MAKE CHANGE!
CROOK! MAXINE WATERS TO PAY DAUGHTER ANOTHER $108,000 FROM CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO SEND OUT 200,000 MAILERS
Named as one of the most corrupt members of Congress, Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters is set to pay her daughter, Karen Waters ANOTHER $108,000 from campaign funds to send out 200,000 mailers. Karen Waters has collected approximately $650,000 to date for ‘running’ her mother’s mailer campaign.
After this $108,000, she will have made over $750,000 for sending out mailers since 2006. Nice job!
Via Free Beacon:
Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) is slated to pay her daughter another $108,000 for running a lucrative campaign operation that pulls in hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle, FEC filings show.
Karen Waters, the daughter of Rep. Waters, collected nearly $650,000 to date for running the operation for her mother’s campaign.
Karen is in charge of a “slate mailer” operation for Citizens for Waters, Rep. Waters’ federal campaign committee. Slate mailers, or endorsement mailers, involve a candidate or political group paying for the endorsement of another politician.
The mailers are sent to nearly 200,000 residents in South Central Los Angeles, an area where Waters holds considerable clout. The mailers contain an “official sample ballot” and brief quotes from Waters about the candidates and measures that she supports.
During the 2016 election cycle, Waters’ campaign committee hauled in nearly $300,000 from more than 20 payments for slate mailer endorsements.
Karen Waters collected $65,287 throughout the 2016 cycle to run the slate mailer operation. Karen, along with her firm Progressive Connections, has received nearly $650,000 in payments from Citizens for Waters since 2006.
Waters’ most recent filings to the Federal Election Commission show that an outstanding balance of $108,952.15 is owed to Karen Waters. When Karen is paid the money that she is owed, she will have pocketed around $750,000 for running the mailers for the campaign since 2006.
Maxine Waters Allegations of Corruption:
According to Chuck Neubauer and Ted Rohrlich writing in the Los Angeles Times in 2004, Maxine Waters’ relatives had made more than $1 million during the preceding eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters had helped.
They claimed she and her husband helped a company get government bond business, and her daughter Karen Waters and son Edward Waters have profited from her connections. Waters replied that “They do their business and I do mine.” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Waters to its list of corrupt members of Congress in its 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 reports.
She was accused of using her position to prevail upon officials to meet with OneUnited Bank without disclosing that she and her husband had significant stock holdings in the company. Since she was on the Financial Services Committee she largely had the role of determining where TARP funds would go.
$12 Million in TARP funds went to OneUnited without her ever disclosing that she had a financial stake at the company. Citizens Against Government Waste named her the June 2009 Porker of the Month due to her intention to obtain an earmark for the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center.
Waters’ husband is a stockholder and former director of OneUnited Bank and the bank’s executives were major contributors to her campaigns. In September 2008, Waters arranged meetings between U.S. Treasury Department officials and OneUnited Bank, so that the bank could plead for federal cash. It had been heavily invested in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and its capital was “all but wiped out” after the U.S. government took them over.
The bank received $12 million in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) money. The matter was investigated by the House Ethics Committee, which charged her with violations of the House’s ethics rules in 2010. On September 21, 2012, the House Ethics Committee completed a report clearing Waters of all ethics charges after nearly three years of investigation.