Conyers steps down as top Dem on House Judiciary Committee amid sex harassment claims


Rep. John Conyers will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee pending the investigation into allegations ​he ​sexual​ly​ harass​ed staffers.

In a statement released through ​Democratic Minority ​Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office on Sunday, Conyers said he would like to keep his leadership position but realized that he may “undermine” the committee’s work if he stays at the helm.

“I have come to believe that my presence as Ranking Member on the Committee would not serve these efforts while the Ethics Committee investigation is pending,” Conyers (D-Detroit) said in the statement. “I ​​cannot in good conscience allow these charges to undermine my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, and my friends on both sides of the aisle in the Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives.”

Conyers, 88, is the longest serving House member. BuzzFeed reported last week the contents of the secret $27,000 settlement agreement Conyers paid with taxpayer funds to a former staffer who said she was fired for rejecting Conyers’ sexual advances.

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