By NBC News. 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 . . .
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.
“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two?” Pelosi asked. (Read more from “Pelosi Defends Dem Congressman Following Sexual Harassment Allegations” HERE)
Shattuck: Nancy Pelosi’s Dem Double Standard
By Tom Shattuck. Yesterday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared “zero tolerance” on sexual misconduct.
So, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) — who used more than $27,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle a complaint that an employee was fired for refusing his sexual advances — is toast, right?
Wrong. In the past few weeks a multitude of loopholes have emerged to give cover to badly behaving Dems. Pelosi yesterday used a loophole trifecta for Conyers on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two?” Pelosi said. “John Conyers is an icon in our country,” and finally, “He has done a great deal to protect women.”
Legal settlements were sufficient to force Bill O’Reilly out, and accusations are enough to demand that Roy Moore withdraw. But not so for Democrats, whose usefulness to women has given them carte blanche to harass them going back to Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy and beyond. Pelosi’s implied suspicion about Conyers’ accuser, touting of Conyers’ reputation, and citing of his legislative record means this: If you’re a woman working on Capitol Hill, run like hell. A number of men have been deemed to have politically based diplomatic immunity and you’re the little lambs within the confines of a sexual petting zoo. (Read more from “Shattuck: Nancy Pelosi’s Dem Double Standard” HERE)