House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressed doubt about allegations of sexual impropriety against Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving Democrat in the House of Representatives, on Sunday's edition of 'Meet the Press'
The Conyers accusations were brought to light by blogger Mike Cernovich and the website Buzzfeed last week. The two Democratic leaders clarified their positions on Twitter Sunday morning:
I am grateful to my colleagues who have called for due process before weighing judgment. I would urge them to continue to do so for any Member accused of wrongdoing. Basic fairness requires no less.— John Conyers, Jr. (@RepJohnConyers) November 26, 2017
"We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two?" Pelosi asked on this week's 'Meet The Press.'
"John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women - Violence Against Women Act, which the left -- right-wing -- is now quoting me as praising him for his work on that, and he did great work on that," she added. "But the fact is, as John reviews his case, which he knows, which I don’t, I believe he will do the right thing."
"Is the right thing what, resign?" host Chuck Todd followed up.
"Based on everything that he knows about his situation, he is entitled to due process, but women are entitled to due process as well," Pelosi replied.
Chuck Todd next asks: "[Conyers] got to take advantage of the rules of Congress (I know you want to change them), but he got to hide his settlement, his accusers had to go through all sorts of craziness Why is he entitled to new due process in this case?"
"We're talking about what we have heard," Pelosi replied. "He has said he will cooperate with any review.
When asked specifically if she believes the accusations against Conyers, Pelosi said: "I do not know who they are. Do you? They have not really come forward."
"You don't know if you believe the accusations?" Todd asked.
"That is for the ethics committee to review," the House Minority leader replied. "But, he understands what is at stake here and he will do the right thing."
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
Later in the interview, Todd asked Pelosi: "What is a firable offense? You say 'zero tolerance,' but Conyers, who already had due process, gets to stay?"