“Reed acknowledged that while these allegations are serious, they are simply allegations,” the statement said. “If people were required to resign over allegations, a lot of people would be out of work in this country including many members of the House, Senate and even the president.”
The statement said that Conyers has “no plans to resign” despite calls for him to do so.
Reed’s hinting at allegations against “many members” of the House and Senate follows news that the Congressional Office Of Compliance (OOC) has quietly been paying out settlements to harassment victims for years.
In the past decade, the OOC has paid out $17 million in taxpayer funds to harassment victims, including victims of sexual harassment.