Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, has been hospitalized for what the family is describing as a stress-related illness.
“He is doing okay, as well as can be expected for a gentleman that’s approaching 90 years of age. You can wait out here all you want; he won’t be coming out,” family spokesman Sam Riddle told reporters Thursday outside the congressman's Detroit home, according to WJBK-TV, adding that the Democrat is “resting comfortably with [his wife] Monica by his side.”
Conyers’s hospitalization comes as he is under investigation after multiple women accused the longest-serving sitting House member of sexual harassment.
For his part, Conyers has denied the claims against him and has made clear he has no intention of resigning his post in Congress, though he did step aside as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
“If everybody facing ‘allegations’ — including the president, members of the House and Senate — resigned, we’d have a lot of unemployed people walking around,” Conyers’s lawyer, Arnold Reed, said of the lawmaker’s decision to stay in office.
And when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked over the weekend if Conyers should resign, she told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that the Michigan congressman “is an icon in our country,” noting he’s “done a great deal to protect women.”
Pelosi was criticized by conservatives for making such a comment — especially given the fact numerous women would say Conyers has done anything but “protect” them.