In this April 4, 2017, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Democrat John Conyers, the longest-serving member of the US Congress and an iconic civil rights leader, said Sunday he is stepping down from a leadership position as he battles allegations of sexual harassment.Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, said on Sunday that Conyers deserved "due process" as the Ethics Committee inquiry moves ahead, calling him "an icon" who had done much to advance women's causes.Charges of sexual harassment and misconduct have shaken politicians of both parties -- as well as men in the media and entertainment businesses -- raising pressure on people like Conyers and Senator Al Franken to step down, and on an Alabama candidate for the US Senate, Republican Roy Moore, to drop out of that race.
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