Rep. John Conyers Steps Down From Judiciary Committee Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
27 November, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Essie Rivera
Conyers' office recently confirmed issuing a settlement of $27,000 to a former staffer who says she was sacked for resisting the congressman's sexual advances.
The first outcome since the discussion of sexual harassment in Congress began has come as Rep. John Conyers has stepped down from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.
"I have asked for an ethics investigation, and as that investigation continues, Congressman Conyers has agreed to step aside as Ranking Member", Pelosi said.
"To be clear, I would like very much to remain as Ranking Member".
Conyers said he denies the accusations and "very much" looks forward to "vindicating" himself before the House Ethics Committee, which announced last week that it was opening an investigation into the accusations against Conyers. In that lawsuit, Buzfeed reported, the woman also said Conyers' wife, Monica Conyers, accused the woman of wanting to have an affair with her husband. Conyers has said he would fully cooperate.
The news came shortly after the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, was widely criticised for calling the 88-year-old an "icon" because of his work in the civil rights movement. "Any credible accusation must be reviewed by the Ethics Committee expeditiously", Ms Pelosi said.
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"We are strengthened by due process".
When asked in an interview with Chuck Todd on "Meet The Press" whether Conyers should step aside, the California Democrat instead praised the longtime MI lawmaker, citing his work on the Violence Against Women Act as an example of his respect for women.
Conyers has repeatedly denied the allegations made against him, and continued to do so in his statement.
"We are at a watershed moment on this issue, and no matter how great an individual's legacy, it is not a license for harassment", she added.
Pelosi suggested Sunday that the allegations against Franken - including that he kissed a woman against her will - were less serious than those against Moore, who is accused by one woman of sexual advances toward her when she was 14. Earlier Sunday morning, Pelosi stressed the importance of "due process", and said she believed Conyers would do the right thing.
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