While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi only days ago affectionately called John Conyers an “icon,” California Congresswoman Jackie Speier used far starker language today to describe the behavior of her colleague: “that of a predator.”
Appearing on CNN, Speier acknowledged she called for Conyers’s resignation.
“I have said from the beginning of the week that I believed the victims,” Speier said.
“And I think when the staffer who had the settlement broke her non-disclosure agreement and went on TV to explain what happened to her, I was convinced that there is a pattern of conduct by Rep. Conyers that is uh, really, without any fear of contradiction, is that of a predator,” she said as the anchor raised her eyebrows.
“And I think that we cannot stand by as members of Congress and say we have zero tolerance and then let someone continue to conduct himself in the manner that he has for many years with many of his staff,” she said.
“So I believe it’s time to have him either resign or retire, but he should no longer serve in the Congress of the United States,” Speier said.
Fox News reported on one of the latest women to come forward:
Deanna Maher, who accused Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) of sexual misconduct, spoke exclusively about her alleged ordeal to Martha MacCallum.
MacCallum said Maher worked on the Detroit Democrat’s staff from 1997-2005 and that at one point, the now-88-year-old showed up in her hotel room and disrobed.
Conyers reportedly created a “toxic, sexually suggestive environment in his Capitol Hill office.”
Maher said that Conyers was subtle at times but definitely trying to “hit on” her.