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Rep. John Conyers Announces Retirement Amid Misconduct Accusations

06 December, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan stepped down as ranking member of Judiciary Committee amid sexual harassment investigation

Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, will announce on Tuesday he does not plan to run for re-election, US media said following accusations of sexual harassment against the Michigan Democrat.

From a hospital in Detroit, the 88-year-old congressman said he is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.

None of the more than a dozen speakers said the accusers should be forgotten, only that Conyers deserves the same rights of due process that other members of Congress who have been accused of sexual harassment are receiving, Gray reports.

Conyers was facing investigation by the House Ethics Committee into multiple allegations that he had sexually harassed women who worked with him.

Now that Conyers has resigned, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, R, will call a special election to replace him.

Conyers, who was first elected in 1964 and went on to become a founding member in 1971 of the Congressional Black Caucus, easily won re-election previous year to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district in and around Detroit.

Firmly ensconced in his House seat, Conyers remained a reliable left-wing vote. State Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of Conyers' brother, said he plans to run for the seat.

Conyers, has admitted to paying a settlement to a former staffer but denies her sexual harassment allegations.

Two women have come forward in recent weeks to say Conyers abused or harassed them when they worked for him.

"This is about much more than one congressman", Grubbs' attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in an email after Conyers resigned.




The rally at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on James Couzens in Detroit comes as some members of the media and Congress have called for Conyers to resign.

Grubbs also said she repeatedly saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of other female staffers.

Grubbs witnessed assault on other women.

Conyers' district includes parts of Detroit, Dearborn Heights and all of the cities of Ecorse, Garden City, Highland Park, Inkster, Melvindale, Redford, River Rouge, Romulus, Wayne and Westland.

In April 1968, four days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Conyers introduced the first bill proposing a holiday in his honor.

Top Democrats, including Pelosi, have also called for.

The furor over Conyers unfolded as the sexual misconduct allegations against Franken and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sent members of both parties rushing to choose sides.

He added that he believed his great-uncle's constituents in MI would continue to support him and the rest of the family "as we continue to fight, as we have for leading up to a century".

"I think there should be a complete disclosure and revealing to all of the citizens of the country of what your federal legislators are doing or not doing and any cost that may have been incurred as a result of that", added Conyers.

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