Congressman Conyers' family speaks out about allegations, amid calls for his resignation

Conyers' son speaks out about allegations against his father

DETROIT (AP) - One of only two Democrats who have called for Congressman John Conyers to resign amid sexual harassment allegations has walked out of a Democratic Caucus meeting, saying the issue isn't being taken seriously.
    
Rep. Kathleen Rice said Wednesday that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke only "very briefly" about sexual harassment and focused mostly on efforts by female members to combat it.
    
Rice says she will not "stand silent, even in the face of pressure from leadership."
    
Caucus chairman Rep. Joseph Crowley said at a news conference after the meeting that Caucus members "believe these are very, very, very serious allegations."
    
But, he says, calling "for a resignation does not actually create the resignation" and that an ethics committee review could "bring this to the forefront."
    
U.S. Rep. John Conyers's wife says that the person making sexual harassment allegations against her husband should be named publicly.
    
Buzzfeed News reported last week that he settled a complaint in 2015 with a woman who alleged she was fired from his staff because she rejected his advances. The website says Conyers' office paid the woman over $27,000 in a confidential settlement.
    
That woman's name hasn't been revealed.
    
Monica Conyers told reporters outside the couple's Detroit home Wednesday that the media must "disclose who this person is."
    
The son of Democratic Michigan Congressman John Conyers says it's disconcerting to see how his father is being treated in the wake of allegations that the longest-serving member of the House made unwanted sexual advances.
    
John Conyers III spoke to reporters early Wednesday outside his family's Detroit home, saying it's "very unfortunate to see him fight so long for so many people and to automatically have the allegations assumed to be true."
    
Conyers' son noted, however, that "with sexual assault, women are to be believed."
    
Former staffer Deanna Maher said Tuesday that Conyers partially undressed in front of her in a hotel room and touched her inappropriately.
    
Conyers missed two roll call votes in the House late Tuesday and was photographed by a passenger boarding a flight to Detroit from Washington.

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