Pelosi: Conyers an 'icon' who deserves 'due process'

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Hoyer suggests Dems won't support spending bill without DACA fix Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersWoman accuses New York state senator of sexual misconduct Dissatisfaction with position of women in US hits new high Republicans on the run: Retirements could be trouble for Trump and party MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) deserves “due process” after sexual harassment allegations have been levied against him. 

“That’s for the Ethics Committee to review,” Pelosi told NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked if she believes the allegations.

“We are strengthened by due process,” she added.

Pelosi also called Conyers 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 said.

“As John reviews his case," she added, "I believe ... he will do the right thing.”

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Conyers last week acknowledged that he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015, but denied the sexual harassment accusations made against him.

The House Ethics Committee said last week that it has opened a probe into the allegations against Conyers, which include accusations of unwanted sexual advances.

Pelosi in the interview on Sunday called for an end to nondisclosure agreements that prevent sexual misconduct accusations from coming to light.