House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would not tell Meet the Press's Chuck Todd on Sunday that Democratic Representative John Conyers, who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple former members of his staff, should resign. "Is it two?" Pelosi replied. The woman alleged that she had been fired because she rebuffed Conyers' sexual advances.
Pelosi called for an official House Ethics Committee inquiry into Conyers earlier this week, but stopped short of saying the 88-year-old lawmaker should step down.
"We are strengthened by due process", Pelosi said on Meet the Press.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dodged questions about whether Rep. John Conyers should resign following revelations that he settled a 2015 complaint with a former staffer who claimed she was sacked after refusing his sexual advances.
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. "There needs to be one standard for members", Comstock said on "This Week", noting that Conyers benefited from making a payment that was never revealed until a BuzzFeed report last week.
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Pelosi said Conyers is cooperating with the ethics probe, which she said was the appropriate place to adjudicate the accusations.
Additionally, Melanie Sloan, a lawyer who worked with Conyers, said that she would encounter the congressman in his office "walking around in his underwear".
An attorney for Conyers said that the congressman will not resign amid the investigation. And a former staffer, who anonymously filed and then withdrew a lawsuit, said that Conyers touched her "repeatedly and daily" from May to to July 2016.
Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has denied any wrongdoing and said his payout was meant to resolve the issue and did not constitute an admission of culpability. Al Franken, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and newsman Charlie Rose.
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