Rep. John Conyers Steps Down From Judiciary Committee Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Kristopher Drake
November 27, 2017

"I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger", the Michigan Democrat said.

The first outcome since the discussion of sexual harassment in Congress began has come as Rep. John Conyers has stepped down from his position as the 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".

"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".

In a departure from her previous comments, she issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying "zero tolerance means consequences".

This week, the House is expected to approve a resolution mandating that all members and their staffs participate in anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. 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. It revealed that in 2015, he reached a taxpayer-funded settlement in a female staffer's sexual harassment claim.

The announcements comes after Pelosi insisted during an appearance on on NBC'sMeet the Press that Conyers deserves due process as the House Ethics Committee probes sexual harassment allegations against the congressman and his use of office funds to settle one case. On the congressional level, Democratic Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is also facing allegations that he touched women inappropriately.

Pelosi did not say whether she believed Conyers's accusers, saying that it was up to the ethics committee to review the cases. "They have not really come forward", Pelosi said. "We also have to address it for every person, every workplace in the country, not just in the Congress of the United States. And a good deal of that would be done by the Judiciary Committee".

"To be clear, I would like very much to remain as Ranking Member", he added.

"Even under these unfortunate circumstances, the important work of the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee must move forward", Nadler said.

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

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