Congressman Conyers faces sexual harassment claims
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has called for the veteran House Democrat to resign as the allegations of sexual misconduct mount against him
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) questions witnesses during a House Judiciary Committee hearing concerning the oversight of the U.S. refugee admissions program, on Capitol Hill, October 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images embed
Congressional Black Caucus members Meeks, Clyburn speak up; Pelosi urges Conyers to resign
LOS ANGELES (MNS) — At least two members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have gone on record regarding sexual harassment allegations against five-term U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.
Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., on Wednesday called for Conyers to step down from his post on the Judiciary Committee as the Ethics Committee probes the allegations.
The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday it was probing the sexual harassment allegations against Conyers, following a call from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. to launch an investigation.
“I really think that probably the appropriate thing right now is he should step down as the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. And be subject to this ethics investigation,” Meeks, who serves on the CBC with Conyers, told CNN.
On Nov. 26, Conyers tweeted his resignation from the committee:
“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.”
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.
— John Conyers, Jr. (@RepJohnConyers) November 26, 2017
Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., however, said in an interview with The New York Times, Wednesday, that there is a chance the sexual misconduct allegations against Conyers could be false.
“You can’t jump to conclusions with these types of things. For all I know, all of this could be made up,” said Clyburn, who is the third ranking Democrat in the House.
The lawmakers’ comments were spurred by Conyers’ own admission Tuesday, that he took part in a settlement with a former female employee who accused him of sexual misconduct in order to avoid litigation in 2015.
Pelosi, on Thursday, also called for the veteran House Democrat to resign as the allegations of sexual misconduct have mounted against him.
“The allegations against Congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible,” she said during a briefing in the Capitol, reading from a statement.
“It’s very sad. The brave women who have come forward are owed justice. I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well. However, Congressman Conyers should resign,” Pelosi said.
Two women have surfaced accusing Conyers. The first requested anonymity, and the second is identified as Melanie Sloan.
Pelosi, along with other Democratic leaders have been conferring with members of the CBC — which Conyers founded 40 years ago — in an effort to convince him to resign.
Conyers was in Washington on Tuesday to meet with CBC leaders. He flew back to Detroit immediately afterward to discuss his future with his family.
On Thursday, a spokesman said he had checked into a local hospital.
Metropolis News Service