House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday called for Rep. John Conyers's resignation over sexual misconduct allegations.
“Yes, I think he should resign,” Ryan (R-WI) said at a press conference. “I think he should resign immediately.”
The Michigan Democrat is facing multiple claims of unwanted sexual advances, all of which he has denied. A BuzzFeed report earlier this month found a settlement was paid out from his office budget to a former employee who alleged she was fired for not “succumb[ing] to [his] sexual advances.”
Ryan's demand came shortly after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for Conyers's resignation.
“The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing, and very credible. It's very sad,” Pelosi said Thursday morning. “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,” Pelosi said.
In office since 1965, the 88-year-old is currently is a Detroit hospital for a “stress-related illness,” according to a spokesperson.
Conyers's attorney said that he would not be resigning.
“It's not up to Nancy Pelosi,” Arnold Reed said at a press conference Thursday. “She sure as hell won't be the one telling the congressman to leave.”
On Sunday, Conyers announced he would be stepping down as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.