>> The House of Representatives' Ethics Committee opened a sweeping probe that will look at the entire lower chamber of Congress for possible sexual harassment and discrimination claims. The committee on Friday requested a wide range of documents from the Congressional Compliance Office related to any allegations against House members, delegates, officers, or employees.
>> Mr Conyers asserts that he has done nothing wrong.>> Meanwhile, a lawyer for Representative John Conyers vehemently denied the sexual harassment claims made against him. The Michigan Democrat Is under pressure to resign including from House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, in light of the allegations which Reuters has not verified.
>> It will be Congressman John Conyers who will be the one to decide what it is he is going to do in terms of whether he's going to continue to represent the people. It's not going to be Washington.>> In recent weeks, sexual misconduct accusations have rocked Capitol Hill.
Texas Republican Representative, Joe Barton, said this week he will not seek re-election next year, after a nude photo of him appeared on the internet earlier in November. The Compliance Office is charged with resolving disputes and enforcing employment laws for more than 30,000 people who work for Congress. It recently came under scrutiny for using federal funds to settle claims of sexual misconduct against lawmakers.
The House will come to order.