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

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersSexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points Congressional Ethics committees are the wrong place to settle harassment and discrimination claims Conservative activist disrupts campaign event for Muslim candidates 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.