Nancy Pelosi Throws Dem Rep John Conyers Under the Bus! What?
You know things are getting tough when Nancy Pelosi actually does the right thing and does not ignore the plethora of sexual abuse allegations against the longest serving Democrat in the house.
Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day!
Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that she is calling for an investigation of sexual allegations of staffers by Democratic Representative James Conyers. She says that all lawmakers need to have zero tolerance in Congress.
“As Members of Congress, we each have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the House of Representatives and to ensure a climate of dignity and respect, with zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying or abuse,” the California lawmaker continued.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer(Md.) also endorsed an ethics investigation into the sexual misconduct claims, calling reports about the Conyers allegations “very disturbing.”
“It is clear the process for reporting this type of behavior and holding those responsible accountable must be reformed,” Hoyer added in a statement.
Shortly before Pelosi’s statement, Conyers said he will “fully cooperate” with an investigation “to the extent the House determines to look further at these issues.”
BuzzFeed News first reported on the misconduct after it obtained documents that showed former staff members alleging that Conyers repeatedly made sexual advances to female aides that included requests for sexual favors, touching them inappropriately, and contacting and transporting women with whom he was suspected of having affairs.
According to BuzzFeed News, Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged he fired her because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”
Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, said he “vehemently” denies the sexual harassment allegations made against but acknowledged the existence of a settlement with a former employee in 2015. He also said he would cooperate with an investigation.
Pelosi in her statement also pushed for her colleagues to support the ME TOO Congress Act, a new bill introduced in the House last week by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) that aims to crack down on sexual misconduct by overhauling the current policies to combat and report complaints of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.
Monetary settlements for harassment and discrimination cases on Capitol Hill are typically paid from a special fund operated by the Treasury Department. The Speier-Gillibrand bill would require lawmakers accused of harassment to pay back the taxpayers.
Senior Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee also called for an ethics probe on Tuesday, ahead of Pelosi’s statement.
Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), the second and third most senior Democrats on the powerful committee, respectively, said early Tuesday that the House Ethics Committee should investigate the validity of the BuzzFeed News report published late Monday night.
“The reports about Congressman Conyers are as serious as they get. The Committee on Ethics should take up this matter immediately with a goal of promptly assessing the validity of the news account. This reported behavior cannot be tolerated in the House of Representatives or anywhere else,” Lofgren said in a statement Tuesday morning.
Congress needs to look at all lawmakers and make sure that they have a zero tolerance for any sexual encounters that might have happened in the past. Pelosi is saying that she wants an investigation to see if the sexual encounters actually happened.