Pelosi makes unexpected statement after meeting with Conyers accuser (video)

NOVEMBER 27, 2017

House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi backtracked Monday on her support of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who is now facing accusations of sexual misconduct from multiple women.

Pelosi had defended Conyers in an NBC “Meet the Press” interview Sunday, calling him an “icon” and said he “has done a great deal to protect women,” referring to the Violence Against Women Act.

Conyers has denied the allegations, but did step down as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee Sunday.

Monday, Pelosi released a statement on her website, saying she had spoken with Melanie Sloan, who was the first former staffer to come forward publicly with allegations against Conyers.

After speaking with Sloan, Pelosi stated, “I find the behavior Ms. Sloan described unacceptable and disappointing.  I believe what Ms. Sloan has told me.”

She also condemned the “secret settlement process” that prohibits one of Conyers’ alleged victims from speaking publicly, and said, “That ridiculous system must be ended and victims who want to come forward to the Ethics Committee must be able to do so.”

Below is her full statement, followed by an interview that Sloan gave to Fox News on Monday, with explicit details of her experience with Conyers.

STATEMENT FROM PELOSI

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement after speaking with Ms. Melanie Sloan this afternoon:

“This afternoon, I spoke with Melanie Sloan who worked for Congressman Conyers on the Judiciary Committee in the mid-1990s.  Ms. Sloan told me that she had publicly discussed distressing experiences while on his staff.  I find the behavior Ms. Sloan described unacceptable and disappointing.  I believe what Ms. Sloan has told me.

“Ms. Sloan, as a respected ethics expert and attorney, also gave me valuable feedback into the substantive reforms many of us in Congress are advocating to foster a climate of respect and dignity, and to protect legislative branch employees.

“I have not had the opportunity to speak with the other women, one of whom cannot speak publicly because of the secretive settlement process in place.  That ridiculous system must be ended and victims who want to come forward to the Ethics Committee must be able to do so.”

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