Scandals are nothing new, but lately, the Democratic party has been embroiled in so many that certain parts of the country expect to have trouble finding viable candidates for the next election cycle.
Let’s review seven highlights from the not-too-distant past:
1. April 6, 2017 – Imran Awan worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). A laptop computer, letters and a notebook owned by Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s office, but used by Imran Awan, were found sitting in what was once a phone booth in a congressional building. Frank Miniter, writing for Forbes, revealed this astonishing detail that hasn’t gotten a lot of press:
“Capitol Police say they tossed Imran and his associates off the House network after he provided them with fraudulent data of what was supposed to be a copy of the data on the House Democratic Caucus’ server—a server Imran was accessing against House rules as he moved data from the many Democrats in the House he and his associates worked for to the server, for what reason we don’t know.”
Then, on July 2017, Imran was arrested at Dulles International Airport before he could board his flight to Lahore, Pakistan, where his wife Hina Alvi and their children had already traveled. Both Imran and Alvi have been indicted for bank fraud on the charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, false statements on a loan or credit application, and unlawful monetary transactions. A status hearing is scheduled for March 2018.
2. November 20, 2017 – News became public that Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) paid $27,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit claim filed by a staff member two years previously, in 2015. The employee alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”
The House Ethics Committee followed up immediately by starting an investigation into the 2015 event. Conyers denied any misconduct occurred, but retired from Congress on December 5, 2017. Since the investigating panel only has jurisdiction over sitting members of Congress, the Conyers matter will undoubtedly fade away, as planned.
3. November 27, 2017 – Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-CA), resigned after the Los Angeles Times published accusations of harassment from six women. Bocanegra denied the accusations against him. A seventh woman has now come forward with similar claims.
4. December 8, 2017 – Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-CA), former aide for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), submitted his resignation, effective January 1, 2018, after a Sacramento lobbyist accused him of cornering her in a Las Vegas bathroom last year and masturbating while urging her to touch him. Multiple women accused him of misconduct. Dababneh denied the accusations against him.
5. January 3, 2018 – Tony Mendoza (D-CA) took a leave of absence from the state Senate amid accusations of harassment. Mendoza has denied wrongdoing. Stay tuned as this scandal unfolds.
There are so many charges of inappropriate workplace behavior in California that the state Senate leader, Kevin de León, recently announced the hiring of two law firms to investigate accusations of misconduct. As an interesting sidebar, de León and Mendoza were formerly roommates. Did familiarity breed contempt…or perhaps collusion?
6. December 7, 2017 – After expressing both defiance and tearful sorrow, Al Franken (D-MN) resigned his Senate seat after accusations by radio host Leeann Tweeden of sexual misconduct, for which he apologized publicly (see photo below). One of Franken’s former aides also claimed he tried to kiss her against her will, before he was a senator.
At the time, Franken defended his thwarted sexual advance by telling her, “It’s my right as an entertainer.”
7. 2009-2016 – Details of the Uranium One deal continue to surface almost daily. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-NY) allegedly approved assigning majority ownership rights of a Canadian-owned mine, located in the US (Wyoming), to a Russian nuclear firm – and then lied about it.
It is probable that President Obama knew about the deal and did nothing to stop it, if he didn’t actually endorse it. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but inexorably, onward.
Four days before this writing – on January 15, 2018 – Mark Lambert, a Maryland transportation firm executive, was the first person associated with the Uranium One conspiracy to receive a federal indictment on 11 counts of money laundering and wire fraud for allegedly bribing Russian officials to win contracts to transport uranium.
Taken as a whole, from the lowest subordinate to the highest leaders, the Democratic party appears to be riddled with unethical standards of behavior and a penchant for illegal activities.
It would seem that decades of “getting away with it” have taken their toll, not only by fraying the very fabric of our society, but by revelations of just how sickeningly rotten the Donkey Party has become.