Rep. John Conyers Steps Aside From Leadership Role Amid Investigation

Conyers' 2006 Staffers: Felt like 'House Servants', Baby Sat His Kids Six Weeks at a Time

Conyers' 2006 Staffers: Felt like 'House Servants', Baby Sat His Kids Six Weeks at a Time

"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". "Is it two? I think there has to be - John Conyers is an icon in our country", she said.

Pelosi insists that Conyers deserves "due process" and will "do the right thing" after Congress returns from Thanksgiving break on Monday.

In response to the allegations and the scrutiny he faces, Conyers announced Sunday morning that he's stepping down as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

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.

When asked specifically whether she believes the accusations against Conyers, Pelosi said, "I do not know who they are".

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

She repeatedly said that she wants to see the House Ethics Committee investigation of Conyers play out.

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Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press prior to Conyers' announcement on Sunday, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called for "due process" before issuing a penalty over the allegations.

BuzzFeed also reported that another woman who worked for Conyers said she faced "daily" harassment, in a lawsuit she abandoned when the court denied her request to keep it sealed. "Any credible accusation must be reviewed by the Ethics Committee expeditiously".

The House this week is expected to vote on legislation to mandate sexual harassment training for all lawmakers and staffers, a move backers consider just the first step in reforming the culture on Capitol Hill.

"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.

The settlement, using taxpayer funds, was reached outside of the formal reporting mechanism for sexual harassment claims-the Office of Compliance (OCC).

"This is about going forward", she said. Al Franken, D-Minn., is also facing allegations that he touched women inappropriately. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the second most senior Democratic member of committee, issued a statement as well.

For the record, Pelosi's remark about Conyers' accusers not having come forward is not true. "We say zero tolerance, but I don't believe that we put our money where our mouths are".

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