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Top Democrat gives up post amid sexual misconduct inquiry

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by Joseph Earnest November 27, 2017


Newscast Media WASHINGTONThe longest-serving congressman in the US, John Conyers, has left his leadership role due to a sexual harassment inquiry. Conyers "vehemently denies" the claims against him.


Conyers, a longtime civil rights crusader, will no longer be the senior Democrat in the influential House Judiciary Committee.

"I cannot in good conscience allow these charges to undermine my colleagues," Conyers said.

Although he "vehemently denies" the multiple allegations against him, Conyers said he was stepping aside to allow the House Ethics Committee to do its job.


Senior House Democrat Nancy Pelosi has called for a "zero-tolerance" policy on sexual harassment.

"We are at a watershed moment on this issue, and no matter how great an individual's legacy, it is not a license for harassment," Pelosi said in a statement.

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Source: Deutsche Welle













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