Pelosi says she had no idea that Conyers paid the settlement.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics probe into the allegations, saying there must be “zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying or abuse.” Pelosi’s office had previously said the California Democrat was unaware of the 2015 settlement.
“As members of Congress, we each have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the House of Representatives and to ensure a climate of dignity and respect,” Pelosi said in a statement. “As I have said before, any credible allegation of sexual harassment must be investigated by the Ethics Committee.”
Reps. Jerry Nadler of New York and Zoe Lofgren of California, the two most senior Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee behind Conyers, also endorsed an ethics probe.
“The allegations against Ranking Member Conyers are extremely serious and deeply troubling. Obviously, these allegations must be investigated promptly by the Ethics Committee,” Nadler said in a statement.