Pelosi Sends Letter to House Ethics Committee Urging Swift Investigation of Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Matters


Washington, D.C. – Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to House Ethics Committee Chairwoman Susan Brooks and Ranking Member Ted Deutch urging the ethics committee to fairly and swiftly pursue investigations into any credible sexual harassment and discrimination allegations, and to request any additional resources needed to move expeditiously.

As Leader Pelosi writes, “We are at a watershed moment for our country in the fight against sexual harassment and discrimination.  The Committee on Ethics has a great responsibility to proceed expeditiously as well as fairly into any investigation of credible harassment and discrimination allegations.  As one who served seven years on the Ethics Committee, I know that the demands on staff and resources can at times be overstretched.  Should you need any additional resources to fairly and swiftly pursue these investigations, please make that need known. ”

Full text of the letter can be found below:

November 28, 2017

The Honorable Susan W. Brooks

The Honorable Ted Deutch

United States House of Representatives

Committee on Ethics

1015 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairwoman Brooks and Ranking Member Deutch:

Thank you for your bipartisan leadership to uphold the integrity of the House of Representatives.

It is my understanding that the Committee has begun an investigation into public allegations against Congressman John Conyers pursuant to Rule 18(a), which was designed to expedite an inquiry.

We are at a watershed moment for our country in the fight against sexual harassment and discrimination.  The Committee on Ethics has a great responsibility to proceed expeditiously as well as fairly into any investigation of credible harassment and discrimination allegations.

As one who served seven years on the Ethics Committee, I know that the demands on staff and resources can at times be overstretched.  Should you need any additional resources to fairly and swiftly pursue these investigations, please make that need known.

Thank you for your attention to these urgent matters.

best regards,

NANCY PELOSI

Democratic Leader

Cc: The Honorable Paul Ryan, Speaker