Transcript for John Conyers pressured to resign amid sex misconduct allegations
A lot on the table. New fallout over those sexual harassment allegations, calls are growing for representative John Conyers to step down as he faces multiple accusations and a house ethics committee probe. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi doing an about-face now saying he needs to go. Our senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce has more. She’s there in Washington. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Robin, good morning. Well, John Conyers remains hospitalized this morning with stress-related illness, a clear sign that this controversy is taking a toll on the 88-year-old congressman as the drumbeat for his resignation is growing louder. In a rare move of bipartisanship, this morning leaders on both sides of the aisle are calling for congressman John Conyers to go. I think he should resign. He should resign immediately. Congressman Conyers should resign. Reporter: But the congressman’s lawyer says he’s not going anywhere. It is not up to Nancy Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi did not elect the congressman. And she sure as hell won’t be the one to tell the congressman to leave. Reporter: The powerful former chair of the congressional black caucuses says he’s made the case to Conyers in person. Given over 50 years of service but this was not going to get any better, in fact, I can see it getting worse. Reporter: Conyers denies all allegations of misconduct but admits paying one former staffer a $27,000 settlement. Now, congress has secretly paid out $17 million to settle workplace complaints and we’ve now learned of a big payout for claims against disgraced former congressman Eric massa. Close to $100,000 in taxpayer money paid to two male staffers. It’s the largest known settlement of its kind for misconduct by a single lawmaker. We’ve been hearing a lot from Conyers’ lawyer asking why there aren’t calls for democratic senator Al Franken to resign now that more women have come forward accusing him of sexual misconduct. What are you hearing. Reporter: I talked to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who feel the allegations against Al Franken should continue to be investigated by the ethics committee but they are calling for a swift review. Now, some do note that the allegations against Franken are very different and that unlike Conyers, Franken has apologized. True, all right, thank you, Mary.
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