"Icon For Womens' Rights" Conyers Steps Down From Judiciary Committee Despite Support From Pelosi

Just hours after Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi took to NBC’s “Meet the Press” to defend accused serial sexual harasser John Conyers, asserting that Conyers is entitled to due process and adding that she ultimately believes he will “do the right thing,” the 88-year-old Congressman and civil-rights leader has begrudgingly announced that he will step aside as ranking member of the powerful House Judiciary Committee as an ethics probe against him ramps up.

The announcement comes as a surprise consider that Pelosi, in her first public remarks since Buzzfeed revealed the sexual harassment settlements involving Conyers and several former staffers, defended him as an "icon" for both civl and womens' rights.

Echoing President Trump’s initial response to the accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Pelosi said she believes Conyers “will do the right thing."

“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused - and was it one accusation? Is it two?” Pelosi replied.

 

“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."

Conyers decision is also surprising in light of a veiled threat issued by his attorney, who defended his client by suggesting - in a bizarre statement written in the third person - that “many members” of the House and Senate are guilty of the same conduct.

“Reed acknowledged that while these allegations are serious, they are simply allegations,” the statement said.

 

“If people were required to resign over allegations, a lot of people would be out of work in this country including many members of the House, Senate and even the president."

The statement said Conyers has “no plans to resign” despite mounting pressure to do just that.

In its initial report about the settlements against Conyers, Buzzfeed quoted a former staffer who said that while sexual harassment allegations have felled powerful figures in media and entertainment, they would do little to dent Conyers’ reputation.

“He’s untouchable” the staffer said, adding that Conyers, whose held his seat since the mid-1960s, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters,” Conyers said in his statement, adding that he would've "very much" preferred to stay on as ranking member.

While he has retained his seat, his decision to step aside as ranking member of the committee will greatly reduce his influence over legislation. His decision also sets an interesting precedent by showing that - contrary to his former staffers' take on the controversy - no lawmaker is untouchable.

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GUS100CORRINA ZippyBananaPants Sun, 11/26/2017 - 13:04 Permalink

"Icon For Womens' Rights" Conyers Steps Down From Judiciary Committee Despite Support From PelosiMy response: PELOSI, a WOMAN, defending CONYERS? ROFL!! The DEMOCRATS must be DESPERATE BIGTIME.Remember, the DEMOCRATIC PARTY is the PARTY for WOMENS RIGHTS ... OOPS I meant to say the PARTY for PERVERTS, PEDOFILES and SEXUAL DEVIANTS who think themselves above the law.As a reminder, the TRUMP administration has delivered nearly 1000 SEALED indictments to the federal courts across AMERICA. The day of reckoning may soon be at hand. 

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Shemp 4 Victory The_Juggernaut Sun, 11/26/2017 - 15:39 Permalink

 

"Just because someone is accused - and was it one accusation? Is it two?"

Come on, Nancy, just call his accusers lying whores. You know you want to.After all, it's not really blaming the victim if Democrats do it. Hero Hillary used the same tactic to win an acquittal for an accused child rapist. You're With Her, right? Besides, it's all for the cheeldren and, of course, teh wimminz.

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Miffed Microbi… nmewn Sun, 11/26/2017 - 18:13 Permalink

Damn this whole thing just pisses me off so much. That vapid spider defending a fellow swamp creature and representing the interests of women at the same time! I'd like to take a crowbar to the lot of them.

One reason I concede to men women should not be in leadership roles. As grizzly bears we react instinctively to defend our family and blood is on the walls. Men living in the rational brain can negotiate better knowing personally the cost of escalation. Of course I speak in generalities.

Patience has never been a personal forte and karma seems so slow in coming.

Miffed;-)

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nmewn Miffed Microbi… Sun, 11/26/2017 - 18:52 Permalink

Pelosi (as usual) is completely incoherent to me, for example...“I think it is a generational change. Let me say the concern we had then was that they were impeaching the president of the United States and for something that had nothing to do with the >>>performance of his duties<<< and trying to take him out for that reason.”...she said this in the context of her defense of Clinton, Conyers and Franken. As far as I can tell none of them missed a vote or a meeting because they were sexually abusing their subordinates...(which would be a hindrance to the performance of their duties)...so, as usual I can't make heads or tails of what she's trying to say. I can only logically conclude that according to Nana, women have to sit back & take it and they'll either be paid-off/rewarded by a "lawful taxpayer slush fund" to remain silent (once they sign a non-disclosure agreement) or they have to hope the predator in question misses a vote, meeting or some other function of governance.Personally, I think Nana's unfit for office and should have been impeached a long time ago. 

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Cloud9.5 Stackers Sun, 11/26/2017 - 14:00 Permalink

Actually, I want to give Pelosi a thumbs up.  Connors has a right to continue in his current capacity until the allegations against him are proven true in a court of law.  That is what due process is all about.  Consequently Judge Roy Moore should not be presumed guilty before he has had his day in court.  So come on Nancy, have your boys and girls back off Moore.  

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Chupacabra-322 GUS100CORRINA Sun, 11/26/2017 - 13:27 Permalink

I expected absolutely No less from a Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Nancy Pelosi.

Speaking of High Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity. Pelosi was briefed entirely of the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath CIA’s Torute program in 2002. As were the rest of the War Criminal House & Senate “Intelligence” Committee’s.

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vealparm GUS100CORRINA Sun, 11/26/2017 - 13:30 Permalink

Conyers lawyer, "...many members of the House are guilty of the same thing"........so we should ignore it.Ahh, the old 2nd grade excuse. Johnny caught by the teacher pinching Suzie's cute behind. Johnny says.......But...but, Bobby, Billy, Joey and Larry do it too.The trash in congress especially Lefty libs but also some scummy Repubs love using the "2nd Grade excuse."

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guru69 GUS100CORRINA Sun, 11/26/2017 - 19:10 Permalink

Don't fool yourselves.  Both parties are flush with perverts.Both parties will tax you to the poor houseBoth parties wil destroy your lifeBoth parties will fuck your family dog or sell it into prostitution. I don't know why anybody thinks our elected representatives have our well being in mind.  Once elected/appointed, they have carte blanche to take whatever they want. Gus, the way things are now....THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW.

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knukles Sun, 11/26/2017 - 12:50 Permalink

"Just because he was accused!"Oh poor man, being accused and tried in the court of public opinion by the left, their very own modus operandi.Karma, BitchezAnybody but me notice the left's spokespeople have all but disappeared?