Hours After Pelosi Defended him, Conyers Steps Down from House Judiciary Committee

Earlier today, Nancy Pelosi gave a passionate defense of embattled Dem. Rep John Conyers, calling him an “icon in our country who has done a great deal to protect women” and preaching for “due process.”

Last week, a  bombshell report from Buzzfeed revealed that Conyers paid off a woman who made a wrongful termination claim because she refused to give in to Conyer’s sexual advances. This has led many to wonder the obvious – if he was innocent, why pay off a claim to sweep it under the table?

Hours after Pelosi’s defense, Conyers announced he is stepping down as the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee.

As reported by NBC

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., stepped down as the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday, following sexual harassment accusations.

The 27-term congressman said he denied the allegations, but was stepping down because of the ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation.

“I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics,” Conyers said in a statement.

“To be clear, I would like very much to remain as Ranking Member,” he added. “There is still much work to be done on core concerns like securing civil rights, enacting meaningful criminal justice reform, and protecting access to the ballot box.”

Appearing on “Meet The Press” earlier in the day, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urged “due process” before making conclusions about Rep. Conyers, saying the congressman is “an icon” who has worked to protect women.