John Conyers (D-MI) announced his intention to step aside as the ranking committee member on the powerful House Judiciary Committee following a series of sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by several women on Capitol Hill.
The questions from Todd to Pelosi come amid allegations of sexual misconduct claims against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, which many in Congress have said should disqualify him from Congress before the December 12 special election against Democrat Doug Jones.
Conyers, 88, denied the first reported allegation, although he acknowledged that a settlement had existed.
"To be clear, I would like very much to remain as Ranking Member". "But I have come to believe that my presence as Ranking Member on the Committee would not serve these efforts while the Ethics Committee investigation is pending".
"We must ensure the Congress has a climate of dignity and respect with zero tolerance for sexual harassment", she said.
When pressed again, she replied that the review was under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee. We are at a watershed moment on this issue, and no matter how great an individual's legacy, it is not a license for harassment.
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This week, the House is expected to approve a resolution mandating that all members and their staffs participate in anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training.
He added, "I am grateful to my colleagues who have called for due process before weighing judgment". Just because someone is accused - was it one accusation?
Conyers, whose MI district includes half of Detroit, is the last member of either house of Congress to have served under President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s.
Ms Pelosi declined to say whether Mr Conyers would suffer any immediate penalty over the allegations.
Pelosi continued that she was confident Conyers would "do the right thing" as his case is reviewed, but stopped short of referencing resignation. "That he's entitled to due process".
"The whole system needs to have a comprehensive shift", Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier told ABC's This Week.