Privately, however, there’s overwhelming sentiment among Democratic leaders that the interests of the party would be best served if Conyers resigned immediately, according to numerous aides.
“The most important thing is to secure his resignation,” said a Democratic aide. “No one wants him to stick around.”
Conyers, for his part, has no intention of resigning, his lawyer told The Associated Press on Wednesday. And his most powerful allies on Capitol Hill — particularly those in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which Conyers helped found decades ago — have rallied to his defense.
“He’s the dean of the delegation, I’ve known him all my life,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), a senior CBC member.
“I don’t think we should rush to judgment. … It’s his decision to make,” he said.