Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi: “Congressman Conyers should resign” following “serious, disappointing, and very credible” allegations. pic.twitter.com/Lmc94wAcpC
— ABC News (@ABC) November 30, 2017
“The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible,” Pelosi said.
“It’s very sad,” she added. “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.”
House Democrats have been upping the pressure on Conyers to resign from Congress in recent days.
Pelosi has been working with leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) — a group Conyers helped to create decades ago — to convince the veteran Detroit lawmaker to step away from Capitol Hill rather than await the verdict of a House Ethics Committee investigation into his alleged transgressions.
Conyers, the longest-serving current member of Congress, stepped aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee over the weekend.
He has denied accusations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward former female staffers, three of whom have lodged their charges publicly.
The latest allegation came Monday night when The Detroit News reported that a former staffer accused Conyers of touching her legs and offering sex against her wishes in the late 1990s.