Dem Rep. Pelosi: Accused Conyers Deserves 'Due Process'

Ex-Conyers staffer says he was abusive to her

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dodged questions about whether Rep. John Conyers should resign following revelations that he settled a 2015 complaint with a former staffer who claimed she was sacked after refusing his sexual advances. She pleads for "due process" before making conclusions about the District of MI congressman amid the media frenzy surrounding his sexual harassment allegations. "Just because someone is accused - and was it one accusation?".

"We are strengthened by due process", Pelosi said on Meet the Press. "John Conyers is an icon in our country. And a good deal of that would be done by the Judiciary Committee, and I know that John would take that into consideration".

Conyers, 88, has denied harassing an employee who received a 2015 settlement of more than $27,000 from his office funds.

Addressing the allegations, Democratic Representative Jackie Speier of California said, "If they're accurate, I do believe Congressman Conyers should step down". "On one occasion, she alleges that Conyers asked her to work out of his room for the evening, but when she arrived the congressman started talking about his sexual desires", BuzzFeed revealed in its report.

His behavior was reportedly part of a pattern of misconduct and harassment, the initial report and subsequent accusations against Conyers have revealed.

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Pelosi also praised Conyers as a champion of women's rights. "This is so wholesome, so refreshing, and so different".

The questions from Todd to Pelosi come amid allegations of sexual misconduct claims against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, which many in Congress have said should disqualify him from Congress before the December 12 special election against Democrat Doug Jones.

Pelosi in the interview on Sunday called for an end to non-disclosure agreements that prevent sexual misconduct accusations from coming to light.

While she added that "women are entitled to due process as well", Pelosi would not say whether she believes the allegations of the women. She wouldn't say if she'll remove him from his position as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee.

Pelosi called Roy Moore "a child molester".

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