Wow! Nancy Pelosi is calling for the resignation of one of her own! The House Minority Leader is calling for Rep. John Conyers to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations.
“The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible,” Pelosi said at the Capitol, “It’s very sad. The brave women who have come forward are owed justice. I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well. However, Congressman Conyers should resign.”
Shortly after Pelosi’s speech, House Speaker Paul Ryan also came forward and encouraged Conyers to resign as well.
Pelosi’s path to calling for Conyers to step down has been a winding one. The minority leader came under fire this week after a Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press,” where she defended Conyers as a “icon” with a long history championing legislation “to protect women.”
She also dodged the question of whether she believed Conyers’s accusers, suggesting the anonymity of one of the women undermined the credibility of her story.
Since then, Pelosi has changed her tune, meeting Tuesday with another Conyers accuser, Melanie Sloan, and announcing afterward that she found Sloan’s story to be credible. Pelosi, along with other Democratic leaders, has also been working quietly with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a group Conyers co-founded decades ago, in an effort to convince the liberal veteran to resign.
Still, Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have approached the Conyers saga delicately, sending a public message promoting Conyers’s rights to due process even as they’ve worked behind the scenes to push him out.
While she did call for his resignation, she also gave him a pat on the back for his legislative track record.
“As dean, Congressman Conyers has served our Congress for more than five decades, and shaped some of the most consequential legislation of the last half century,” she continued, “However, zero tolerance means consequences — for everyone. No matter how great the legacy, it’s no license to harass or discriminate. In fact, it makes it even more disappointing.”