Pelosi asks Ethics panel if they need additional resources for Conyers probe

Pelosi asks Ethics panel if they need additional resources for Conyers probe
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes McConnell: Pelosi trying to 'jam' Senate on fourth coronavirus relief bill MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday asked whether the House Ethics Committee needs "additional resources" amid the investigation into her Democratic colleague, Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersFormer impeachment managers clash over surveillance bill VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses MORE Jr. (Mich.).

"As one who served seven years on the Ethics Committee, I know that the demands on staff and resources can at times be overstretched," she wrote in a letter sent to the panel's Chairwoman Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 Hispanic Democrats endorse Latina for open Indiana seat Trump shocks, earns GOP rebukes with Dingell remarks MORE (R-Ind.) and top Democrat Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchOcasio-Cortez knocks Pence: 'Utterly irresponsible to put him in charge of US coronavirus response' Father of Parkland shooting victim calls on Congress to take action Florida 'red flag' law has removed hundreds of guns: report MORE (Fla.).

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"Should you need any additional resources to fairly and swiftly pursue these investigations, please make that need known,” she added, while urging the panel to move "expeditiously as well as fairly into any investigation of credible harassment and discrimination allegations."

The letter comes one day after Pelosi said she believes Melanie Sloan, a D.C.-based ethics lawyer, who publicly accused Conyers of misconduct last week. Sloan alleges that Conyers became "increasingly abusive" toward her while she worked for him from 1995 to 1998. She also claims that at one point the lawmaker appeared in his underwear after summoning her to his office. 

Pelosi came under fire for a Sunday interview in which she defended Conyers, calling him an “icon in our country” who deserves "due process."

During the interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press," Pelosi also dodged answering whether she believes the allegations against Conyers, saying that is for the Ethics panel "to review.”

Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House, announced hours after her interview that he would step down from his powerful post as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Sloan publicly came forward after BuzzFeed News published a bombshell report that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint with an unidentified former employee in 2015 over allegations of sexual harassment.

Other former staffers have since come forward with allegations against Conyers, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

Two Democratic lawmakers have called on Conyers to resign from Congress.