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Conyers Drops Promised ACORN Probe

From the Washington Times:

Conyers backs off probe of ACORN

S.A. Miller

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. has backed off his plan to investigate purported wrongdoing by the liberal activist group ACORN, saying ‘powers that be’ put the kibosh on the idea.

Mr. Conyers, Michigan Democrat, earlier bucked his party leaders by calling for hearings on accusations the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) has committed crimes ranging from voter fraud to a mob-style "protection" racket.

"The powers that be decided against it," Mr. Conyers told The Washington Times as he left the House chambers Wednesday.

The chairman declined to elaborate, shrugging off questions about who told him how to run his committee and give the Democrat-allied group a pass.

Conyers spokesman Jonathan Godfrey said late Thursday, several hours after the first request for comment, that the chairman had been referring to himself as "the powers that be."

Pittsburgh lawyer Heather Heidelbaugh, whose testimony about ACORN at a March 19 hearing on voting issues prompted Mr. Conyers to call for a probe, said she was perplexed by Mr. Conyers’ explanation for his change of heart.

"If the chair of the Judiciary Committee cannot hold a hearing if he wants to, [then] who are the powers that he is beholden to?" she said. "Is it the leadership, is it the White House, is it contributors? Who is ‘the power’?" …

The office of Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, did not respond to questions about Mr. Conyers’ comments…

Before calling for the probe, he frequently defended ACORN. In October, he condemned an FBI voter-fraud investigation targeting the group, questioning whether it was politically motivated to hamper a voter-registration likely to turn out supporters for Mr. Obama’s candidacy…

Gosh, we sure didn’t see this coming.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Conyers Drops Promised ACORN Probe”

  1. texaspsue says:

    And..another one bites the dust. There is a strange pattern here. Lately, anyone who dares go against the Obama Admin. gets immediately drug over the coals with their current/past sins.

    File this under Hmmmmmmm?

  2. untrainable says:

    The can’t even do the old Capone trumper. Tax evasion is not something they would prosecute for, in fact it appears to be a requirement for elevation within the democratic party. So the advise of the day is, ally yourself with Obama or Acorn or their respective minions, stop paying your taxes, lie about everything, and soon you too will be named to the czar position of your choice! Czar of misappropriation of funds, Czar of Tax offenders, Czar of Empathy… when will the ignorance end?

  3. proreason says:

    I’m giving conyers some credit here.

    When we overthrow the cabal, he’ll be in the second 25 of the people we prosecture and lock away for life.

  4. proreason says:

    Conyers wife has pled guilty to her bribery charge. She could get up to 5 years in prison.

    Now, for the rest of the politicians in Detroit……and Chicago…….and Washington.

  5. pdsand says:

    I assume the powers that be to be ACORN itself. Heavens to betsy, the next election year they might stuff the ballot box against him.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Criminals no longer go to jail. No sir reedy deedy! They go straight to congress and prey on their constituents and basically F#@$ the nation up!

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    I get it.

    Honest Inspector Generals (and others) who are doing their jobs and protecting against the criminal waste and misuse of our tax dollars are criminalized and beheaded; but an organization who is guided routinely by no-goodnicks and thieves .. who is under criminal indictment all over the country .. are given a pass and glorified.

    These “public servants” hardly even try to hide their b.s. crap anymore they’ve gotten so emboldened!

  8. Helena says:

    Here’s the Washington Times original reporting of the investigation back on March 20, 2009:

    Conyers suggests probe of ACORN – Washington Times
    In an startling partisan shift, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. on Thursday proposed holding hearings on claims the liberal activist group ACORN engaged in a pattern of crimes ranging from voter fraud to a mob-style “protection” racket.

    Mr. Conyers, Michigan Democrat and fierce partisan, suggested a congressional probe after scathing testimony about the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) during a hearing on various voting issues related to the 2008 presidential election. Mr. Conyers called the accusations “a pretty serious matter.”

    “I think that it would be something that would be worth our time,” he said during Thursday’s hearing. “We’ve never had one person representing ACORN before the committee. … I think in all fairness we ought to really examine it.”

    Mr. Conyers, who is known for his drive to continue investigating the Bush administration, previously defended ACORN. In October, he condemned an FBI voter fraud investigation targeting the group. He questioned whether it was politically motivated to hamper a voter-registration drive targeting groups likely to support Mr. Obama’s candidacy.
    But Mr. Conyers’ shift was met by resistance from fellow Democrats on the committee, and it was unclear whether a hearing would be scheduled. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties that hosted Thursday’s hearing, suggested there was not enough “credible evidence” to warrant a hearing focused exclusively on ACORN. Rep. Melvin Watt said he would concede that ACORN and some of its members engaged in voter fraud. But he said voter fraud was already covered by existing law and Congress has not further role in the matter. “I’m not coming to a hearing to have a trial on ACORN. That’s not my job,” the North Carolina Democrat said.
    Republican committee member Rep. Steve King of Iowa said getting the Democrat-led Congress to take action against ACORN “is going to be difficult but I am encouraged by John Conyers’ request.”


    I suppose we can expect a scathing skit from Saturday Night Live this week about Conyers haunted by the mysterious “Powers That Be.” I won’t hold my breath.

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