Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday said that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) should resign "immediately" after multiple women accused the House lawmaker of sexual misconduct, according to ABC News.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) earlier Thursday also demanded that Conyers, the longest-serving House member, step down.
"These allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible," she told reporters. "It's very sad."
"The brave women who have come forward are owed justice," Pelosi added. "I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family, and wish them well. However, Congressman Conyers should resign."
"Zero tolerance means consequences for everyone, no matter how great the legacy. It's no license to harass or discriminate. In fact, it makes it even more disappointing."
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been hospitalized in the Detroit area after several women recently accused him of sexual misconduct.
Conyers’ political consultant Sam Riddle on Thursday told reporters that the Michigan lawmaker’s hospitalization stemmed from stress.
“I just spoke with Monica Conyers on the phone and we want you to know that the congressman is resting comfortably in the area hospital,” he said, referencing John Conyers’ wife, according to Local 4.
“He’s doing OK, as well as can be expected for a gentleman that’s approaching 90 years of age,” Riddle added of Conyers, 88.
“The congressman’s health is not what it should be and [a] lot of that is attributable to this media assault.”
Riddle also insisted that the accusations against Conyers, the longest-serving House members, are unfounded.
“These serial accusers are being given way too much credibility because (hashtag) me too is trending,” he told CBS Detroit in a separate interview Thursday.
“The congressman’s contributions to the nation go far beyond any hashtags that are trending right now,” Riddle continued.
“We’ve dealt with these serial accusers before. Their names are not new to the congressman or his family.”
Conyers’ hospitalization comes the same day that former staffer Marion Brown appeared on NBC’s “Today” to discuss years of sexual harassment she allegedly suffered working for him.
“Some of the things he did, it was sexual harassment,” she said. “He just violated my body. He has touched me in different ways, and it was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional.”
Conyers last Sunday announced he would relinquish his role as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee after reports emerged he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015.
Conyers settled a complaint with Brown in 2015 for $27,000, the same amount specified in reports published last week.
Several other women have since accused Conyers, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), of past sexual misconduct.