Dem campaign chief calls on Conyers to resign

Dem campaign chief calls on Conyers to resign
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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) on Thursday called on Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersAbortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Democrats turn on Al Franken Michigan state senator to run for Congress MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) to resign in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Luján's statement comes hours after House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Abortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting MORE (D-Calif.) and other prominent lawmakers said Conyers should resign.

It was reported earlier this month that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 after a former employee accused him of firing her for resisting his “sexual advances.” 

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Documents showed that other women described Conyers as making unwanted sexual advances. Multiple other women have since come forward to accuse Conyers of similar misconduct.

Conyers has denied allegations against him but acknowledged he previously settled a wrongful termination case to avoid litigation. Conyers’s lawyer said Thursday the congressman has no plans to step down.

Conyers, 88, was taken to the hospital Wednesday night due to stress.

The House Ethics committee has launched an investigation into Conyers.