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Rep. Debbie Dingell speaks out about Conyers sexual harassment allegations

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
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Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is speaking out about the allegations of sexual harassment against fellow Democratic Rep. John Conyers.

Conyers denies claims of inappropriate behavior, but has acknowledged he settled a sexual harassment complaint using his House office fund in 2015.

Dingell told Morning Edition Wednesday that it "deeply bothers" her that public money was used for a settlement.

"I have been one of the loudest and the clearest. That we must change these rules, we must be transparent, and no public money should ever be used to pay off somebody for inappropriate behavior," she said.

The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday it is formally investigating allegations that Conyers may have engaged in sexual harassment of members of his staff.

"We simply cannot tolerate this kind of sexual harassment – if it’s true – in any way," Dingell said.

Listen to Dingell's full conversation with NPR's Steve Inskeep below:

Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Public. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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