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Nancy Pelosi: Rep. John Conyers Is an American ‘Icon’

During an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cast a bit of doubt on the sexual harassment accusations against Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) while adding that she wouldn’t comment on whether Conyers should step aside right now.

And she also called the embattled lawmaker an “icon.” Yep, she actually said that about a man who was recently exposed as secretly settling a lawsuit from a woman who claimed she was wrongfully fired for resisting Conyers’ sexual advances.

While telling host Chuck Todd that the House Ethics Committee is looking into the allegations against Conyers, she described the Michigan Democrat as an “icon in our country.”

“He has done a great deal to protect women,” she told Todd. “I believe he understands what’s at stake here, and he will do the right thing.”

Pelosi further noted that Conyers is entitled to “due process” over the allegations while wondering aloud how many accusations have been made against the lawmaker.

Immediately following the interview, Pelosi was absolutely shredded on Twitter:

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

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