John Conyers retiring from Congress amid sex harassment claims

John Conyers retiring from Congress amid sex harassment claims

John Conyers retiring from Congress amid sex harassment claims

U.S. Rep. John Conyers is expected to announce Tuesday that he will not seek re-election following allegations that he sexually harassed former members of his staff, the New York Timesreports.

Conyers told a Detroit radio show this morning that "I am retiring today", though he is effectively resigning.

'The allegations against congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday are serious, disappointing and very credible, ' said Pelosi, a California representative who notably did not call for Conyers to go during a Sunday appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press'. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders called for his resignation.

While Democrats appear to be taking sexual harassment allegations seriously-even those filed against congressmen with so much power and sway they were considered "untouchable"-yesterday Donald Trump endorsed an alleged child molester (and confirmed bigot/theocrat/racist) running for the Senate in Alabama".

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 in and around Detroit.

The news comes after Conyers' great-nephew, 29-year old MI state Senator Ian Conyers, told CBS News' Jonathan Blakely he would be running for the elder Conyers' seat.

Conyers has continued to deny the women's accounts, and his lawyer said Conyers would not pay back the settlement money that was paid to Brown at taxpayer expense.

Two women have come forward in recent weeks to say Conyers abused or harassed them when they worked for him. In the affidavit, Grubbs said Brown told her, "That SOB just wanted me to have sex with him".

Several women have accused the Michigan Democrat, who is the most senior member of Congress, of verbal abuse, inappropriate touching and groping over decades.

Ian Conyers did not go into detail with the Times on the allegations against his family member, but said he would stand with him. Al Franken (D-MN). Last week, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) was also publicly named as the first sitting member of Congress known to have used a little-known Congressional account to settle an $84,000 sexual harassment claim brought by his former communications director in 2015.

Shortly after the announcement, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took to the House floor to read a statement from Conyers.

Grubbs witnessed assault on other women. Six years later, he became the top Democrat on Judiciary.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

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

"I think that we lose our moral authority if we also don't call out those we love who have done things that are bad", said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

Related news