House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for embattled Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) to step down on Thursday amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct.
“The allegations against Conyers, we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing, and very credible,” Pelosi told reporters at a press briefing.
“Congressman Conyers should resign,” Pelosi said.
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The House minority leader's condemnation of Conyers comes as the Michigan representative recovers after being hospitalized due to stress.
Pelosi also faced intense backlash for an early defense of Conyers, calling him an “icon,” after multiple women initially accused him of inappropriate behavior.
“You said there's now zero tolerance. John Conyers. What does that mean for him? Right now — in or out?” ”Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked the minority leader over the weekend.
“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused, and was it one accusation, is it two? John Conyers is an icon in our country,” she said in response.
Conyers, who's already stepped down as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
BuzzFeed News reported earlier in November that Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 after being accused of sexually harassing a staffer.
The House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into allegations against Conyers last week.