Black caucus members urge U.S.
Representative Conyers to resign: sources
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[November 29, 2017]
By Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of Democratic
U.S. Representative John Conyers' colleagues in the Congressional Black
Caucus (CBC) are pressing the 88-year-old lawmaker to resign amid sexual
harassment allegations against him, two senior House Democratic aides
said on Tuesday.
The aides, who asked not to be identified, did not say how many
lawmakers were involved in the effort but confirmed a report by CNN that
it was under way.
One aide said Democratic Representative Cedric Richmond, the CBC
chairman, was active in the move to get Conyers to step down and end a
House of Representatives career that began with his first election in
Richmond issued a statement after meeting with Conyers on Tuesday that
said: "Any decision to resign from office before the ethics
investigation is complete is John's decision to make."
Richmond said he had a "very candid conversation" with Conyers "about
the seriousness of the allegations against him, which he vehemently
"The Congressional Black Caucus calls on Congress to treat all members
who have been accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other
crimes with parity, and we call on Congress and the public to afford
members with due process as these very serious allegations are
investigated," Richmond said.
The Michigan congressman is the longest-serving House member and the
dean of the CBC.
Aides to Conyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
On Sunday, Conyers said he was stepping down as the senior Democrat on
the House Judiciary Committee pending a congressional ethics
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U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI) participates in a House
Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July
12, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
He has denied allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances to
some women who worked for him, but said his office had resolved a
harassment case with a payment and no admission of guilt.
Conyers' troubles come as sexual harassment accusations in recent
weeks have ensnared former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and
other politicians, including Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore
of Alabama and Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota.
The CBC was founded in 1971 and has 49 members in the House and
Senate. It is an influential voice within the Democratic Party.
Following Conyers' announcement on Sunday that he was stepping down
as the ranking House Judiciary Committee Democrat, House Democratic
leader Nancy Pelosi called for "zero tolerance" on sexual
If Conyers were to resign, a special election would be held to fill
(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by Eric Beech;
Editing by Tom Brown and Peter Cooney)
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