Update 1:22 p.m.: After Conyers stepped aside from his Judiciary Committee role pending an ethics investigation, Pelosi said his civil rights legacy "is not a license for harassment," commending "the brave women coming forward" and stating, "Zero tolerance means consequences." Our original post appears below.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a Sunday appearance on NBC's Meet the Press offered high praise for Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who reportedly settled a wrongful dismissal lawsuit from a former employee who was fired after declining Conyers' "sexual advances."
"John Conyers is an icon in our country," Pelosi told host Chuck Todd. "He has done a great deal to protect women." Pelosi said she is confident Conyers will "do the right thing" and sidestepped a question about believing his accuser by protesting that she does not know the woman's identity.
Her remarks soon attracted broad criticism from left and right alike: