Pelosi calls for Conyers’ resignation amid sex harassment allegations

Sarah Rice/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling on embattled Rep.  John Conyers to resign.

“The allegations against Congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible. It’s very sad,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters during a news conference at the Capitol today. “The brave women who came forward are owed justice. I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family, and wish them well. However, Congressman Conyers should resign.”

“Zero tolerance means consequences for everyone,” Pelosi added, reading from a prepared statement. “No matter how great the legacy, it’s not license to harass or discriminate. In fact it makes it even more disappointing.”

Amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment, embattled Rep. John Conyers has been hospitalized due to a stress-related illness, representatives for the lawmaker told ABC News.

As Conyers faces mounting calls for his resignation, Conyers’ attorney, Arnold Reed, and a spokesperson for the lawmaker confirmed the 27-term Democrat’s hospitalization.

Sources close to Conyers say he will not resign, though he has not made an official decision regarding reelection in 2018, despite rumors he will retire.

At least four women have accused Conyers of misconduct while working for him in office — a new accuser went public just this week in the Detroit News. BuzzFeed on Monday reported that Conyers’ office paid more than $27,000 to a female aide as part of a confidentiality agreement in relation to the complaint. Conyers denies any wrongdoing.

After the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into the allegations of harassment and misconduct, Conyers’ hometown newspaper, the Detroit Free Press, and several members of the House Democratic Caucus publicly called for his resignation.

Conyers has not personally addressed the allegations in public, but through an attorney has denied them. On Monday, he stepped down from his post as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

As the longest-serving member of Congress, Conyers is recognized as “dean” of the House of Representatives. Conyers is 88 years old and has represented Michigan in the House since 1965.

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