Published: Mon, November 27, 2017
World | By Camille Rivera

Congressman steps down from top post amid sexual harassment investigation

Congressman steps down from top post amid sexual harassment investigation

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".

Conyers is accused of sexually harassing female staff members, and a secret settlement was paid out to one of his accusers. "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", Ms. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in a statement released Sunday afternoon.

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.

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Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat, stepped aside Sunday from his ranking position on the House Judiciary Committee while the House ethics committee investigates allegations of sexual harassment.

Conyers said in his statement that the recent allegations had been "raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger". Regarding the second allegation, a spokesperson for Conyers' office told TIME that the former staffer had made a decision to drop the case.

"I have come to believe that my presence as Ranking Member on the Committee would not serve these efforts while the Ethics Committee investigation is pending", he said.

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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. I would urge them to continue to do so for any Member accused of wrongdoing. Earlier Sunday morning, Pelosi stressed the importance of "due process", and said she believed Conyers would do the right thing. "They have not really come forward", Pelosi said.

Sloan tells the Freep Conyers once criticized her for not wearing stockings and another time ordered her backstage from a committee hearing on crime she had organized in New York City to babysit one of his children.

The wrongful dismissal complaint she filed in 2014 with Congress' Office of Compliance was settled for more than $27,000 and Conyers said his office resolved the allegations "with an express denial of liability".

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