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The US Democratic congressman accused of harassment refuses to lead the committee

Congressman John Conyers announced today that he will no longer be the highest ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives while investigating the accusations of sexual harassment against him.

Washington, Nov 26 (EFE) .- Congressman John Conyers announced today that he will no longer be the highest ranking Democrat on the Judicial Committee of the United States House of Representatives. while the allegations of sexual harassment against him are being investigated.

In a statement released today, Conyers again denied these allegations, as he has done since they came to light, and said that he will no longer be the leader of the Democrats in the aforementioned committee while an ethics panel of the House of Representatives investigates the allegations against him.

Of 88 years and with a career of 27 in Congress, Conyers came to preside over the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011.

The congressman's office has acknowledged that in 2015 he gave compensation for $ 27,000 to a former employee who claims to have been harassed by Conyers, who has denied the alleged harassment.

After publishing the information about that agreement, a second woman has denounced that the congressman also harassed her when she worked for him as assistant.

The leader of the House of Representatives Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, urged today in a interview with the NBC network to respect the "due process" in the case of Conyers, whom he described as an "icon" when highlighting his work in defense of women.

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