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Conyers steps aside as ranking member on House Judiciary Committee

27 November 2017, 12:57 | Nellie George

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Rep. John Conyers D-Mich. ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing. Conyers said he is stepping aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Commi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) is "entitled to due process" in the wake of recently revealed sexual harassment allegations.

"After careful consideration and In light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters", Conyers said in a statement.

Conyers said the allegations were "raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger" and looks "forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics".

Conyers, 88, denied the first reported allegation, although he acknowledged that a settlement had existed.

Conyers said Sunday he was stepping down because he didn't want the accusations against him to undermine his "colleagues in the Democratic Caucus".

"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. Just because someone is accused - was it one accusation or is it two?

"Next, Congress must move swiftly to reform the Office of Compliance and the Congressional Accountability Act to put an end to the days of secret settlements paid for by taxpayer dollars", Ms Pelosi said in her statement.


Meet The Press host Chuck Todd introduced the question by noting that Pelosi has referred to the current climate on sexual harassment and predatory behavior as "zero tolerance", asking her what that means for the 27-term congressman.

Conyers, whose MI district includes half of Detroit, is the last member of either house of Congress to have served under President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s.

Pelosi said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that there may be a close look at the 88-year-old MI lawmaker's status as the top member on the House Judiciary Committee.

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.

Conyers has admitted to making the payment to avoid public litigation, but has denied any sexual harassment claims.

"The whole system needs to have a comprehensive shift", Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier told ABC's This Week.



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