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In an awkward interview, Nancy Pelosi defends Democratic congressman accused of harassment

In an awkward interview, Nancy Pelosi defends Democratic congressman accused of harassment

BUSINESS INSIDER – MAXWELL TANI

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dodged questions about whether Rep. John Conyers should resign following revelations that he settled a 2015 complaint with a former staffer who claimed she was fired after refusing his sexual advances.

When asked in an interview with Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press” whether Conyers should step aside, the California Democrat instead praised the longtime Michigan lawmaker, citing his work on the Violence Against Women Act as an example of his respect for women.

“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — was it one accusation? Was it two?” Pelosi asked. “John Conyers is an icon in our country. He’s done a great deal to protect women.”

Pelosi called for an official House Ethics Committee inquiry into Conyers earlier this week, but stopped short of saying the 88-year-old lawmaker should step down.

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