Conyers backs off probe of ACORN
Says 'powers that be' ended plans for hearings on group
By S.A. Miller (Contact)
Originally published 04:45 a.m., June 26, 2009, updated 11:23 p.m., June 25, 2009
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.