Nancy Pelosi: John Conyers deserves 'due process'

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Here's what we know about allegations against Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers.

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.

Leaders of the Ethics Committee said Tuesday they planned to investigate allegations that Conyers had sexually harassed or discriminated against staff members and used official resources "for impermissible personal purposes".

Conyers said in his statement today, "I would like very much to remain as Ranking Member".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement today following Conyers' announcement that "Zero tolerance means consequences".

Although Sloan recalls being "increasingly anxious and depressed " about going to work, like many victims of sexual assault on Capitol Hill, she was reluctant to report cases of sexual harassment for fear of being alienated (Sloan says she was once told she was "mentally unstable" for making such allegations against Conyers), or because the process of reporting to the Office of Compliance was too cumbersome". "There is still much work to be done on core concerns like securing civil rights, enacting meaningful criminal justice reform, and protecting access to the ballot box", said Conyers.




"Any credible accusation must be reviewed by the Ethics Committee expeditiously".

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.

He added, "I am grateful to my colleagues who have called for due process before weighing judgment". 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.

Conyers said in his statement that the recent allegations had been "raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger". "Just because someone was accused, and was it one accusation, was it two, I think there has to be―John Conyers is an icon in our country", Pelosi said, defending the 88-year-old representative.

For the record, Pelosi's remark about Conyers' accusers not having come forward is not true.

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