Conyers Knew About Wife’s Scandal

July 5, 2009

In the snow-covered parking lot of a McDonald’s in Detroit two years ago, City Council member Monica Conyers met with a waste-management consultant who slipped her an envelope stuffed with as much as $3,000 in cash.

The under-the-table payment, made shortly after she cast the swing vote on a $1 billion city sludge deal, drove Conyers’s guilty plea to a bribery charge that could send the Democratic politician to prison for up to five years. Conyers emerged for her court hearing late last week in the same building where her husband, John Conyers Jr. (D), who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1965, maintains an office.

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(Carrie Johnson and Alice Crites, “What Did Rep. Conyers Know?,” The Washington Post, 7/05/09)