Published: Mon, November 27, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Conyers Says He'll 'Step Aside' From Judiciary Panel Amid Harassment Claims

Conyers Says He'll 'Step Aside' From Judiciary Panel Amid Harassment Claims

"I can not in good conscience allow these charges to undermine my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, and my friends on both sides of the aisle in the Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives".

Conyers said there is "still much work to be done" in "the face of an Administration that cares little for the rule of law and a President whose actions and conduct cheapens our discourse every day" - a jab at the Trump White House.

On NBC's Meet the Press, Ms Pelosi was asked whether Mr Conyers should resign.

John Conyers, D-Mich., stepped down as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee amid an ethics investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

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. Conyers is 88 years old, and it is impossible to see how he politically survives the multiple allegations of harassment, misconduct, and abusive behavior that have been leveled against him.

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The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into Conyers' conduct following the reports. Regarding the second allegation, a spokesperson for Conyers' office told TIME that the former staffer had chose to drop the case.

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. "They have not really come forward", she said.

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. I would urge them to continue to do so for any Member accused of wrongdoing. "That's for the Ethics Committee to review".

"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.

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