Embattled Rep. John Conyers to step down Tuesday

06 December, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • REPORTS: Rep. John Conyers not seeking re-election after term

"I am retiring today", Conyers, 88, told a Detroit radio station, as he became the first to step down among four serving United States lawmakers facing sexual misconduct allegations.

Embattled Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has told a Detroit radio station that he will not seek re-election and endorses his son John Conyers III to replace him in Congress.

Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, confirmed that the lawmaker meant retiring effective immediately. He said he plans to run for John Conyers' seat in Washington, D.C.

Conyers told Mildred Gaddis he's confident in his legacy, despite multiple sexual harassment claims against him, and that his legacy will continue through his children.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now", said the congressman, who has denied any wrongdoing.

"This is the first of several affidavits I will be releasing describing allegations that you sexually harassed staffers and covered up complaints", Bloom tweeted.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations of harassment and inappropriate touching by women who once worked for Conyers, including claims by Marion Brown who could testify later this week before the committee.

Conyers flew home to his district last week and checked into the hospital for what a family consultant said was stress. And a former scheduler complained of sexual harassment and retaliation.

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Wounded by the mounting accusations, and well aware of the potential implications for Democrats' efforts to win congressional seats in next year's mid-term elections, the party's congressional leadership last week called for Conyers to resign.

Conyers is one of four sitting USA lawmakers hit by allegations of sexual misconduct in the wake of the claims targeting movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, which triggered a torrent of accusations against powerful figures in the worlds of entertainment, media and politics.

The reports cite conversations with Conyers' grandson, Ian Conyers.

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

BuzzFeed was the first news outlet to report last week about a settlement Conyers made with a former staffer who had accused him of sexual misconduct.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dug herself into a hole when she defended Conyers on Meet The Press.

The elder Conyers, however, continued to deny the allegations leveled against 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 a year ago to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district.

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