Conyers' Attorney: Nancy Pelosi 'Sure as Hell' Won't Pressure Him to Resign
A lawyer for Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said today that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "sure as hell" won't be able to force the longtime congressman to resign.
Pelosi, D-Calif., said that Conyers, D-Mich., should resign, days after she declined to call for his resignation in an interview on Sunday.
"Zero tolerance means consequences, for everyone, no matter how great the legacy," said Pelosi.
Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, then responded defiantly, noting that Conyers is hospitalized with a stress-related illness.
"Pelosi did not elect the congressman and she sure as hell will not pressure him to leave," he said.
On Thursday’s "Outnumbered," Gillian Turner blasted Conyers, 88, for claiming innocence while also paying settlements to accusers.
"He's trying to have his cake and eat it, too. ... I'm sorry. You don't get to pay people off with a hush fund and insist that you're innocent. It doesn't work that way," she said.
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In an interview with Martha MacCallum, one of Conyers' accusers, Deanna Maher recalled that Conyers created a "toxic, sexually suggestive environment in his Capitol Hill office."
She said that a Conyers staffer once pressed her up against a wall in a Capitol Hill office building and stuck his tongue down her throat.
"No, it wasn't rape, but for some guy who was a staffer [to do that] I felt ashamed, I felt dirty [and] I couldn't get any help... afterward because Congressman Conyers covered that up," she said.