Boehm Skeptical of Conyers’ Claim He Didn’t Know of Wife’s Bribe Taking

Conyers photoFrom OneNewsNow today:

The head of an ethics watchdog organization is skeptical of the claim by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) that he didn’t know his wife was taking political bribes.

Monica Conyers has resigned from her post on the Detroit City Council after admitting she took cash bribes in exchange for her vote on a lucrative city contract. Conyers is the wife of powerful Democratic Congressman John Conyers, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee.

While prosecutors say Congressman Conyers knew nothing of what his wife was doing, Ken Boehm of the National Legal and Policy Center, thinks otherwise.
“They’ve been married for a number of years. They’ve worked together as a political team,” he contends. “We have protections that go back centuries that a spouse can’t be made to testify against their other spouse. But I think from a common-sense standpoint, people can look at this and just wonder, ‘What is going on here?'”

Boehm believes this story would have received more media coverage if the Conyers were Republicans.

“Typically when it’s a Republican, first of all it gets more coverage and they mention the person’s a Republican or a conservative; or what they really like to say is a pro-family, conservative Republican. When it’s a Democrat, the networks forget to mention party affiliation,” he notes. “There is a double standard.”

Monica Conyers faces up to five years in prison.