Conyers steps aside from Judiciary post amid sex allegations

Conyers steps aside from Judiciary post amid sex allegations

Conyers steps aside from Judiciary post amid sex allegations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dodged repeated questions about harassment allegations against Rep. John Conyers on Sunday.

"After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me", Mr Conyers said in a statement, he is stepping aside on the Judiciary panel "during the investigation of these matters".

She repeatedly said that she wants to see the House Ethics Committee investigation of Conyers play out. BuzzFeed News, which first reported the settlement, said it had received documents from Mike Cernovich, a right-wing commentator. "Any credible accusation must be reviewed by the Ethics Committee expeditiously", Ms Pelosi said.

"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", Ms. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in a statement released Sunday afternoon. That staffer said she was sacked for rejecting his sexual advances, according to the report.

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. Two others, Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., co-chairman of the largest group of congressional liberals, had said Conyers should at least step aside from his leadership role on the Judiciary committee.

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

Asked if she would be satisfied were Franken to apologize, rather than resign, Pelosi told NBC, "Right".

Conyers' departure from the position opens a powerful committee post and adds to turmoil roiling Capitol Hill amid a series of sexual harassment allegations against members and aides.

"To be clear, I would like very much to remain as Ranking Member". "We say zero tolerance, but I don't believe that we put our money where our mouths are".

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

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