(National Sentinel)Â Sexual Congress: A lawyer for Rep. John Conyers defiantly declared Thursday the Michigan Democrat would not resign his position in Congress amid multiple complaints of sexual harassment from several women.
“Pelosi did not elect the congressman and she sure as hell will not pressure him to leave,” Reed told reporters.
He also complained about what he said was a double standard, pointing out that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has not faced similar calls to resign from the Democratic Party following numerous sexual allegations against him as well.
“At the end of the day, I would suspect Pelosi would have to explain the difference between Franken and Conyers,” Reed said.
At her weekly press briefing earlier, Pelosi described allegations against Conyers as “serious and disappointing,” which was a reversal from what she said earlier in the week,Â Fox News reported.
â€œI pray for Congressman Conyers, however, Congressman Conyers should resign,â€ Pelosi said Thursday. â€œHe has served our Congress and shaped consequential legislationâ€”zero tolerance means consequences for everyoneâ€”no matter the great legacy.â€
Following Pelosi’s lead,Â House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., also said Conyers should resign.
â€œYesterday, I said Congressman Conyers should do the right thing for the country, the institution, and, most importantly, the woman involved,” he said. “The right thing is for Congressman Conyers to resign.â€
Three women so far have accused Conyers of inappropriate sexual behavior.
One of them isÂ Deanna Maher, 77, who told Fox News Wednesday night “that Conyers had engaged in three inappropriate incidents in the late 1990s, and that touched her without her consent, but that he also failed to protect her when one of his top staffers assaulted her,” the news network reported.
She said she was 61 when the alleged assault occurred. She said theÂ unnamed staffer grabbed her, forced her against a wall and â€œstuck his tongue down my throat at my age.â€
â€œI canâ€™t tell you how ashamed I felt,â€ Maher said. â€œDirty.â€