Conyers Steps Down From Top Judiciary Committee Role Amid Ethics Probe

Rep. John Conyers D-Mich. speaks at Wayne State University in Detroit. Democrats have been quick to support the “me too” chorus of women _ and some men _ who have stepped up to allege sexual misconduct and

Conyers, 88, is now subject to a House Ethics Committee investigation after the Detroit Democrat was accused of sexually harassing former staffers, including spending more than $27,000 from his taxpayer-funded office budget to pay off a woman who said she was sacked for resisting his sexual advances.

Jerrold Nadler of NY, the second-ranking Democrat on the judiciary committee, said in a statement: "Conyers has a 50-year legacy of advancing the cause of justice, and my job moving forward is to continue that critical work". "That's for the Ethics Committee to review".

Conyers, a longtime Michigan Democrat, is now embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, amid reports that he secretly reached a settlement with a former female staffer.

Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, said on Sunday that Conyers deserved "due process" as the Ethics Committee inquiry moves ahead, calling him "an icon" who had done much to advance women's causes.

The announcement came less than a week after a report saying that Mr Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 brought by a former employee. Conyers has said he would fully cooperate.

He denied wrongdoing when news of the settlement popped up. The news outlet reported that a second woman has also accused Mr Conyers of sexual harassment. "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. "But I have come to believe that my presence as ranking member would not serve these efforts while the ethics committee investigation is pending".

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"I particularly take any accusation of sexual harassment very seriously".

"Zero tolerance means consequences", Pelosi said.

Charges of sexual harassment and misconduct have shaken politicians of both parties - as well as men in the media and entertainment businesses - raising pressure on people like Conyers and Senator Al Franken to step down, and on an Alabama candidate for the US Senate, Republican Roy Moore, to drop out of that race.

"We are strengthened by due process". In that lawsuit, Buzfeed reported, the woman also said Conyers' wife, Monica Conyers, accused the woman of wanting to have an affair with her husband.

Conyers, who denies the allegations, said in a statement he wanted to stay on the committee but did not want to undermine his colleagues as he faces an ethics investigation.

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