As Breitbart News reported, the office released a report that showed between fiscal year 1997 and fiscal year 2017 some $17 million had been handed out as settlements to individuals or groups of individuals who filed a variety of charges against members of Congress or staff, including sexual harassment claims.
Even while denying the allegations, Conyers, who is 88, said he was stepping down as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee while he seeks vindication for "myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics".
"To be clear, I would like very much to remain as Ranking Member", he added.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that, as a mother of four daughters, she takes accusations of sexual harassment seriously, and called for the ethics investigation after a woman alleged Mr. Conyers fired her for refusing his sexual advances.
Judiciary Committee's ranking member, pending the outcome of the ethics probe.
When asked specifically whether she believes the accusations against Conyers, Pelosi said, "I do not know who they are".
Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Pelosi stopped short of calling for Conyers' resignation from Congress.
"We are strengthened by due process".
Conyers has acknowledged that his office settled a harassment complaint involving a former staffer but denies the allegations against him. "As John reviews his case, I believe he will do the right thing". "We are at a watershed moment on this issue".
For the record, Pelosi's remark about Conyers' accusers not having come forward is not true.
Pelosi suggested Sunday that the allegations against Franken - including that he kissed a woman against her will - were less serious than those against Moore, who is accused by one woman of sexual advances toward her when she was 14.