After previously defending Conyers, Pelosi now says he should step down.
In an abrupt about-face, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is calling on Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) to resign amid a growing chorus of claims that he made sexual advances toward his female staffers.
“The allegations against Congressman Conyers are serious, disappointing, and very credible,” Pelosi said Thursday during a weekly press conference. “The brave women who came forward are owed justice. I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well, however; Congressman Conyers should resign.”
Nancy Pelosi: “Congressman Conyers should resign” following “serious, disappointing, and very credible” allegations. pic.twitter.com/rXRmH1JxII
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) November 30, 2017
Pelosi previously defended Conyers and said he was entitled to due process during a Meet the Press interview on Sunday. She also appeared to question Conyers’s accusers during the interview.
“I don’t know who they are,” Pelosi told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “Do you? They have not really come forward.”
Now the tide appears to be turning against Conyers — meaning Congress may face a sexual harassment reckoning similar to the one currently engulfing Hollywood and the media.
Why the longest-tenured House member is suddenly under fire
Conyers, 88, is the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, to which he was elected in 1964. Until last week, he had served as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and he is one of the founding members of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus. He has been absent from Capitol Hill this week, flying back to his home state of Michigan. He is being treated at a local hospital for a “stress-related illness,” a family spokesperson told reporters.