Raw Story Interviews Rep. John Conyers

From Holden:

Conyers speaks about “Jeff Gannon”…

“We’re aiming at one piece of information,” Conyers said. “Who in the White House knew that Jeff Gannon was an assumed name, was not a legitimate journalist and was merely a shill for the Administration, for more than two years, nearly three years?

“I am surprised and pleased as many members of the media are looking by in amazement as we look at a person who actually has flouted the very basic fundamentals of our society in terms of gaining access into the White House,” he added.

Does he think the White House is hiding something?

“That’s putting it mildly, my friend,” he quipped.

“It’s very hard to get press credentials to go into the White House,” he explained. “As a matter of fact, you have to reapply every time you go there. And he has been doing this for years. Somebody must know who he really is and we want to know who that somebody is.”

“We want to trace these bread crumbs of facts to what office, what person or persons in the White House have been letting him get through the very strict investigation that they give press people before the let them come into the White House to talk with the President of the United States,” he continued.

“Others are joining in with us because now it’s become clear that agencies of the government are going to stonewall to prevent us from knowing what their relationship with Jeff Gannon really is,” he said.

…and Lindsey Graham

Rep. Conyers also became the first congressman to weigh in on remarks made by Sen. Lindsey Graham Saturday, in which Graham told Tennessee residents, “We don’t do Lincoln Day Dinners in South Carolina. It’s nothing personal, but it takes awhile to get over things.”

Conyers, Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Graham was clearly referencing slavery.

“What Senator Graham was saying,” Conyers told RAW STORY, “if we take it [at] face value it seems very clear that it’s referring to the legacy of slavery and second class citizenship that had been the cause of the civil war itself.”