In an awkward interview, Nancy Pelosi defends Democratic congressman accused of harassment

Conyers' 2006 Staffers Felt like 'House Servants', Baby Sat His Kids Six Weeks at a Time

In an awkward interview, Nancy Pelosi defends Democratic congressman accused of harassment

Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, had previously said he wouldn't resign and maintained he still has desire to serve but wouldn't allow the charges to "undermine" his colleagues in the Democratic Caucus. Just because someone is accused - was it one accusation? ".She was called to Conyers' office in the Rayburn House Office building for a meeting and, when she got there, he was in his underwear. Was it two?" Pelosi said Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press".

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.

John Conyers (D-MI) announced his intention to step aside as the ranking committee member on the powerful House Judiciary Committee following a series of sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by several women on Capitol Hill.

Conyers has admitted to making the payment to avoid public litigation, but has denied any sexual harassment claims. "But 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".

The development comes after BuzzFeed News reported that Conyers' office paid a former staffer more than $27,000 to settle a complaint.

"I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics", Conyers said in a statement.

"I don't know who they are", Pelosi said.

Conyers, 88, of Michigan's 13th Congressional District, said he notified "the Democratic Leader" of his request as allegations that he sexually harassed female staff members are being investigated. But he also said he's giving up the seat reluctantly. The House Committee on Ethics has launched an investigation into the matter.

"Any credible accusation must be reviewed by the Ethics Committee expeditiously".

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.

Pelosi insists that Conyers deserves "due process" and will "do the right thing" after Congress returns from Thanksgiving break on Monday.

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