WATCH: Two CBC members say it’s too soon to call for Conyers’ resignation

Two members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) say they won’t yet call on their embattled colleague Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) to resign, despite growing allegations of sexual harassment. 
 
Asked by The Hill if Conyers should resign over the sexual misconduct allegations, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said Conyers should  “have the right to fight” allegations. 
 
“Thus far John Conyers has said he has not done anything,” Meeks said. “He’s agreed to go through the ethics process and that is the appropriate thing to do.” 
 
The House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Conyers after BuzzFeed News reported that he had settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former staffer who accused him of sexual harassment.
 
A D.C.-based ethics lawyer came forward after the initial report, alleging that Conyers harassed and verbally abused her while she worked for him in the 1990s.
 
The allegations have prompted a number of lawmakers to call for Conyers’s resignation. Earlier this week, Conyers stepped down as the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, but his lawyers insist the lawmaker will not resign from Congress.
 
Meeks was among the first to call for Conyers, the chamber's longest-serving current member, to step down from his post as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. 
 
Meeks told The Hill that “ultimately the individuals who are the bosses,” Conyers's constituents, will have the final say in whether the most senior House member should retain his seat. 
 
Fellow CBC member Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) also told The Hill on Wednesday that it was too soon to call for Conyers’s resignation. 
 
At this point, she said, “we’re dealing with allegations everywhere … (not) any conclusive findings so I think that in this country we are presumed innocent until proven guilty.” 
 
Watch the video above to hear the lawmakers in their own words.