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Pelosi declines to call for Conyers' resignation

Pelosi declines to call for Conyers' resignation

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. "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' office recently confirmed issuing a settlement of $27,000 to a former staffer who says she was sacked for resisting the congressman's sexual advances.

Rep. Conyers, a 27-term congressman, is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and he denied reports he settled with a woman in 2015 who claimed she was sacked before she rejected his sexual advances.

Conyers, 88, denied the allegations in a statement on Sunday, but said he chose to resign due to the ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is drawing fire from people on her own side of the political spectrum on Sunday, thanks to comments she made about Rep.

Pelosi continued that she was confident Conyers would "do the right thing" as his case is reviewed, but stopped short of referencing resignation.

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The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into Conyers' conduct following the reports. "We are at a watershed moment on this issue".

The Senate has already approved a measure requiring all senators, staff and interns to be trained on preventing sexual harassment.

Meet The Press host Chuck Todd introduced the question by noting that Pelosi has referred to the current climate on sexual harassment and predatory behavior as "zero tolerance", asking her what that means for the 27-term congressman. And that's very important.

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.
"I will do everything in my power to continue to press on the important issues facing our committee, including criminal justice reform, workplace equality, and holding the Trump administration accountable".

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