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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Rep. Waters Statement on Rep. John Conyers, Jr.

November 22, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Waters Statement on Rep. John Conyers, Jr. 

LOS ANGELES – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13): 

“As a strong advocate for the rights and respect of women, I abhor sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and sexual assault in any shape, form, or fashion, and I believe that anyone who is guilty of such offenses must be held accountable. 

“When I delivered remarks at the Women’s March Convention Sojourner Truth Luncheon in Detroit, Michigan on October 28, 2017, I acknowledged the women of the United States Congress’ Michigan delegation, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and gave particular recognition to Congressman John Conyers, Jr. whose district includes Detroit. I had no prior knowledge of the very serious and disturbing allegations of sexual assault and misconduct by Mr. Conyers that were first revealed on November 20, 2017, nearly one month after the event. My October 28 comments were solely based on Mr. Conyers’ long history of support for women’s issues and organizations such as the National Organization for Women. 

“The House Ethics Committee has announced that they are investigating Mr. Conyers, and I encourage him to fully cooperate with their investigation.”