Politics Conyers hospitalized, Pelosi calls on him to resign

19:05  30 november  2017
19:05  30 november  2017 Source:   NBC News

Top Judiciary Dem calls for ethics probe of Conyers

  Top Judiciary Dem calls for ethics probe of Conyers A senior female Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee is calling for an ethics probe of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) after a report revealed that staffers have accused the senior lawmaker of sexual harassment.A senior female Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee is calling for an ethics probe of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) after a report revealed that staffers have accused the senior lawmaker of sexual harassment.

Congressional Democrats were divided over the issue of whether Conyers should resign , Pelosi is saying that she now believes he should resign . As we reported below, Conyers was hospitalized in his hometown of Detroit earlier today, reportedly due to “stress”. She called the allegations against

Earlier on Thursday, an attorney for Conyers , 88, said the congressman, who returned to Detroit, Michigan, on Tuesday, had been hospitalized . Reed told Reuters on Wednesday Conyers did not plan to resign . Pelosi 's call for his resignation marked a shift.

Rep. Keith Ellison Holds Town Hall Meeting At Detroit ChurchRep. John Conyers speaks at a town hall meeting in Detroit in 2016. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Rep. Keith Ellison Holds Town Hall Meeting At Detroit ChurchRep. John Conyers speaks at a town hall meeting in Detroit in 2016.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday upped the pressure on Rep. John Conyers, who is facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and a House Ethics Committee probe, by calling on him to resign from office — a change in her position from just days ago.

Pelosi's comments are a stark turnaround from her stance on Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" when she praised the Michigan Democrat as an "icon," questioned who his accusers are, and said the Ethics Committee probe should be allowed to go forward.

Nancy Pelosi: Rep. Conyers deserves 'due process'

  Nancy Pelosi: Rep. Conyers deserves 'due process' House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urged "due process" before making conclusions about Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., following accusations of sexual harassment."We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused - and was it one accusation? Is it two?" Pelosi said on "Meet The Press.

Pelosi said she prayed for the 88-year-old Democratic lawmaker, who was hospitalized in Detroit, and his family. "However," she said, "Congressman Conyers should resign ." The dramatic call from Pelosi came just hours after a former aide publicly accused him of sexual harassment

Less than 30 minutes later, House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed Pelosi , calling on Conyers to resign "immediately." Amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Conyers was hospitalized overnight due to a stress-related illness, representatives for the lawmaker told ABC News.

"Congressman Conyers should resign," Pelosi told reporters on Thursday.

"The allegations against Congressman Conyers as we've heard more and more since Sunday are serious, disappointing and very credible," she added. "It's very sad. A brave woman came forward...Congressman conyers should resign...Zero tolerance means consequences for everyone, no matter how great a legacy is no license to harass or discriminate. "

Earlier Thursday, Conyers' political consultant said the lawmaker had been hospitalized in Detroit.

Sam Riddle, the consultant, told WDIV-TV that Conyers, 88, was hospitalized due to stress and he blamed the "media assault" stemming from the allegations against the lawmaker.

"The congressman's health is not what it should be and a lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault," Riddle said, adding that "the reality is these serial accusers have done this before, we're used to it."

Former top staffer accuses Conyers of inappropriate touching

  Former top staffer accuses Conyers of inappropriate touching A former deputy chief of staff said Rep. John Conyers made an unwanted sexual advance toward her and touched her inappropriately twice in the late 1990s, the Detroit News reported Tuesday, in the latest sexual misconduct allegations against the veteran lawmaker.Deanna Maher, 77, who ran a Michigan office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, told The Detroit News that there were three instances of inappropriate conduct.She says the first was in 1997, when she rejected his offer to share a hotel room and have sex.The others involved unwanted touching in a car in 1998 and unwanted touching of her legs under her dress in 1999.

Less than 30 minutes later, House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed Pelosi , calling on Conyers to resign "immediately." Amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Conyers was hospitalized overnight due to a stress-related illness, representatives for the lawmaker told ABC News.

Less than 30 minutes later, House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed Pelosi , calling on Conyers to resign "immediately." Amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Conyers was hospitalized overnight due to a stress-related illness, representatives for the lawmaker told ABC News.

Conyers, D-Mich., is "resting comfortably in an area hospital, he's doing OK, as well as can be expected for a gentleman that is approaching 90 years of age," Riddle said.

Conyers flew home to Detroit from Washington on Tuesday night, amid pressure from some of his Democratic colleagues to resign from Congress.

Earlier Thursday, the former aide whose settlement with Conyers prompted additional accusers to emerge, came forward publicly and urged her former boss to admit what he did and apologize.

Marion Brown, a former deputy chief of staff to Conyers, told NBC's "TODAY" that she decided to make her name public because she "felt compelled to stand up and speak out, to be a voice behind these allegations that I made."

"All I want from the congressman is to acknowledge what he did and apologize for me, to me, for calling me a liar," Brown said.

Brown revealed she was the ex-staffer with whom Conyers had settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 after she said she'd been fired after refusing the lawmaker's sexual advances. The story of the settlement was first reported last week by Buzzfeed, which said Conyers had paid out $27,000 to a woman in exchange for a confidentiality agreement from her.

The Latest: Attorney: John Conyers has no plans to resign

  The Latest: Attorney: John Conyers has no plans to resign An attorney for U.S. Rep. John Conyers says the lawmaker has no plans to resign amid sexual harassment allegations.Detroit-area lawyer Arnold Reed told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the 88-year-old Democrat is going to fight claims that he inappropriately touched several women when they worked on his staff.Reed says anyone making such claims should be prepared to back them up.Last week, BuzzFeed News reported that Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman on his staff who alleged she was fired because she rejected his sexual advances.

Calls for Conyers to resign have increased in recent days after a former staffer said the The House Ethics Committee is investigating the allegations against Conyers , who has denied the accusations. Pelosi 's statement came hours after it was revealed Conyers had been hospitalized in Detroit.

Congressional Democrats were divided over the issue of whether Conyers should resign , Pelosi is saying that she now believes he should resign . As we reported below, Conyers was hospitalized in his hometown of Detroit earlier today, reportedly due to "stress". She called the allegations against

Conyers later admitted he'd reached a financial settlement with a former staffer who had accused him of sexual misconduct but denied having done anything improper.

In the following days, several additional women came forward alleging sexual misconduct.

Brown, in her interview, explained in greater detail what she had accused Conyers of having done.

"It was sexual harassment, violating, violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guys discussing business, and then proposition me for sex," she said. "And he's just violated my body. He has touched me in different ways, and it was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional."

Brown recalled a specific 2005 episode inside a Chicago hotel room, in which she said Conyers had "invited me into the hotel and he has undressed, you know, down to his underwear. And again, it was the proposition of sexually satisfying him."

"He pointed to areas, genital areas of his body, and asked me to touch it," she added.

Brown said she left the room immediately.

She said she reported the behavior to her boss at the time, Conyers' chief of staff, who she recalled told her he "would talk to the congressman about his behavior."

But Brown said she "didn’t see any change because it continued after that."

US Rep. John Conyers announces retirement from Congress .
<p>U.S. Rep. John Conyers — beset with allegations of sexual harassment by former staff members — announced Tuesday that he is retiring.</p>The 88-year-old Conyers made the announcement while speaking with Detroit radio talk show host Mildred Gaddis. He was not clear on when the retirement becomes effective.

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