Leading from Behind: Paul Ryan Follows Nancy Pelosi’s Call for John Conyers’ Resignation

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a news conference November 9, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Speaker Ryan answered questions about the proposed GOP tax bill. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) followed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s leadership on Thursday, calling on Rep. John Conyers (D-WI) to resign for his sexual assault allegations after Pelosi urged the Michigan congressman to step aside.

Minority Leader Pelosi said on Thursday, “The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing, and very credible. It’s very sad. The brave women who came forward are owed justice. I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well. However, Congressman Conyers should resign.”

Nancy Pelosi held her press conference before Speaker Ryan’s and Ryan only called for Conyers to resign after reporters asked Ryan about Conyers’ multiple allegations of sexual assault.

Ryan told reporters, “Yes, I think he should resign and he should resign immediately.”

Multiple women accused Conyers of sexual harassment, and while the Michigan Democrat continues to deny any wrongdoing, he admitted to a $27,000 settlement with a former congressional staffer in 2015.

Conyers left Washington, DC, on Tuesday after a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, where they discussed his future in Congress.

Conyers reportedly has been admitted to a hospital in Detroit, Michigan, with stress-related problems.

A Detroit-based ABC affiliated also reported on Thursday that Conyers will not seek re-election in the 2018 midterm elections.

Until recently, Conyers resisted urges from fellow Democrats to step down; however, he recently resigned from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Conyers is the longest-serving active member of Congress and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.



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