Pelosi: Conyers deserves 'due process' on misconduct charges

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday refused to criticize Rep. John Conyers a Michigan Democrat who has been accused of sexual harassment against former Capitol Hill staff
Nancy Pelosi Says John Conyers Entitled to 'Due Process' in Sexual Misconduct Allegations
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27 November, 2017

Conyers holds a powerful position on Capitol Hill as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Pelosi on Sunday defended what he has done as a longtime member of Congress. "Is it two? I think there has to be - John Conyers is an icon in our country", she said.

Conyers, a longtime Michigan Democrat, is now embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, amid reports that he secretly reached a settlement with a former female staffer.

Amid a congressional investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee says he will step aside from that role.

Conyers has repeatedly denied the allegations made against him, and continued to do so in his statement. "But I have come to believe that my presence as ranking member would not serve these efforts while the ethics committee investigation is pending".

The development comes after BuzzFeed News reported that Conyers' office paid a former staffer more than $27,000 to settle a complaint.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that, as a mother of four daughters, she takes accusations of sexual harassment seriously, and called for the ethics investigation after a woman alleged Mr. Conyers fired her for refusing his sexual advances.

Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan stepped down as ranking member of Judiciary Committee amid sexual harassment investigation
Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan stepped down as ranking member of Judiciary Committee amid sexual harassment investigation

Conyers added, "I would urge them to continue to do so for any Member accused of wrongdoing". Do you? They have not really come forward.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations involving Conyers after BuzzFeed reported that Conyers office paid $27,000 to a former female staffer who alleged that she was sacked after rebuffing his sexual advances.

Judiciary Committee's ranking member, pending the outcome of the ethics probe.

Sloan tells the Freep Conyers once criticized her for not wearing stockings and another time ordered her backstage from a committee hearing on crime she had organized in New York City to babysit one of his children.

Though she argued that both Conyers and his accusers were entitled to "due process", Pelosi said the veracity of the accusations was "for the ethics committee to review", and dodged a question about whether she believed his accusers.

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