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House Dems Divided Over Next Steps Against Conyers

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By    |   Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:57 PM

House Democrats are not united in what to do about Rep. John Conyers in the aftermath of accusations against the longtime Michigan lawmaker, The Hill reports.

While Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is working backchannels to nudge Conyers into retirement, other Democratic leaders are stressing due process in the form of an expedited ethics probe, The Hill reports.

Still two others have called for Conyers to resign.

"I don't know all the facts, I don't know the specific allegations," Rep. Linda Sanchez said Wednesday, The Hill reports. "It appears there is more than one complainant, which does heighten my sense [that] there may be something there. But again, I can't sit and judge a member and call for their resignation unless I've been party to hearing all of the evidence and hearing the defense of the evidence."

Pelosi, after earlier this week defending Conyers as "an icon" and publicly calling for due process, is privately supporting the Congressional Black Caucus in its attempt to get Conyers, 88, to retire.

Conyers has denied any wrongdoing after being accused by a former deputy chief of staff of unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate touching many years ago.

That came on the heels of a report that Conyers paid another former staffer $27,000 to stay silent after accusing him of similar indiscretions in 2015.

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