Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) stepped down as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday after the public found out about him spending taxpayer dollars to allegedly cover up a sexual harassment and wrongful termination claim by an ex-staffer. He has not resigned from office.
Conyers has since acknowledged the money paid to the staffer and agreed to an ethics investigation into the matter, but insisted that the $27,000 payout amounted to a mere severance package and nothing more.
“After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic leader of my request to step aside as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters," he said.
Well, the Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded critically to Conyers’ decision to step down, saying that “zero tolerance means consequences” in a Sunday morning tweet.
Zero tolerance means consequences. I have asked for an ethics investigation, and as that investigation continues, @RepJohnConyers has agreed to step aside as Ranking Member. No matter how great an individual’s legacy, it is not a license for harassment. pic.twitter.com/H5ikWy1iqT— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 26, 2017
However, her words fell on deaf ears for some, considering they came very shortly after she praised Conyers for his past efforts to promote women on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Host Chuck Todd took Pelosi to task by playing a clip of her past comments on sexual misconduct allegations and then asking the veteran lawmaker if she believed that Conyers should step down given the new allegations. Pelosi seemed to stumble around the questions and at one time commended Conyers as an “icon in our country.”
Watch the video below:
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