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 ConyersMet opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe Keith Ellison calls for Dems to support medicare for all Overnight Health Care: Conservatives brace for ObamaCare payments in funding bill | FDA chief blames 'rigged' system for drug costs | Ellison replaces Conyers on Dem single-payer bill 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 PelosiAnti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough Illinois primary fight Steyer brings his push to impeach Trump to town halls across the nation 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.” 

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.