Dem predicts Conyers will make the 'right decision' and step down

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) predicted on Saturday that Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersLocal reparations initiatives can lead to national policy remedying racial injustice Former impeachment managers clash over surveillance bill VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) would make "the right decision" and resign in the face of sexual misconduct allegations.

"I can tell you that John Conyers right now, at this very moment as we are on this air, is contemplating his future and his legacy," Cleaver, a Congressional Black Caucus member, said on Fox News.

"And I can almost assure you that John Conyers is going to make what I would think is the right decision for his own legacy, and that is to step down and try to enjoy the rest of his life," he added.


Conyers, 88, has faced mounting pressure to step down from the House following a BuzzFeed News report that he paid out a more than $27,000 settlement to a former employee who claimed that she was fired for rebuffing his sexual advances.

Other former staffers have also accused Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House, of inappropriate sexual behavior and harassment, and have alleged that he used congressional resources to transport women they believed he was having affairs with.

Conyers stepped down from his post as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee last Sunday in the face of an ethics investigation into his behavior.

He vowed at the time to fight the allegations and reclaim his leadership role on the panel, though House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' White House not optimistic on near-term stimulus deal Sunday shows - Stimulus debate dominates MORE (Calif.) and others have called for him to resign.

A lawyer for the embattled congressman said Friday that Conyers would make a decision in the coming days about whether he will resign. He has denied the allegations against him.