Nation & World Briefs

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Conyers resigns from Congress amid harassment allegations

DETROIT — Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a nearly 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the nation’s workplaces.

The 88-year-old civil rights leader and longest-serving member of the House announced what he referred to as his “retirement” on Detroit talk radio, while continuing to deny he groped or sexually harassed women who worked for him.

“My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now,” said the congressman, who called into the radio show from the hospital where he was taken last week after complaining of lightheadedness. “This, too, shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children.”

He endorsed his son John Conyers III to succeed him.

Steve Bannon to rally Alabama voters in support of Roy Moore

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Having declared war on the Republican establishment, populist firebrand Steve Bannon will rally Alabama voters Tuesday night alongside GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore even as new evidence of sexual misconduct surfaces against the nominee.

Bannon’s appearance comes a week before the election as Moore and his allies fight to energize their supporters after a brief but ugly general election campaign. Many Washington Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, called on Moore to quit the race, though McConnell changed his rhetoric over the weekend to say Alabama voters should decide Moore’s fate. One Republican senator even donated to Moore’s opponent. On Tuesday, McConnell said if Moore is elected, he would “immediately have an issue with the Ethics Committee” over the sexual misconduct allegations.

Mueller details $6.7M spent in early months of Russia probe

WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigation into possible coordination between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election has cost more than $6.7 million so far, according to a financial report released Tuesday. The release of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office comes as the investigation appears to be gaining steam: Prosecutors have gained a key cooperator in their investigation and revealed that they are keenly focused on the actions of the president and his inner circle.

Of the overall price tag, only about $3.2 million was spent directly by the special counsel’s office. An additional $3.5 million was paid out by the Justice Department to support the investigation, though the special counsel’s office says that money would have been spent on ongoing probes anyway, even if Mueller had not been appointed.

From Associated Press