Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Medical | By Alyssa Little

John Conyers will leave Congress in wake of harassment claims

John Conyers will leave Congress in wake of harassment claims

"I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III who incidentally I endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress".

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., a longtime co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus, said that the Conyers-backed left-wing bills - which had no chance of passage in this Congress - would be adopted by other members. "The other accuser is Grubbs' cousin, the Free Press noted".

"He is not resigning".

Conyers' endorsement of his son's candidacy is made even more complicated by the fact that Conyers' grand-nephew, MI state Senator Ian Conyers, 29, also recently announced he will be running for Conyers' seat.

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, 88, plans to announce his retirement as he faces sexual harassment allegations.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now".

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'It's very sad. The fearless women who came forward are owed justice, ' Pelosi continued at a Capitol press conference.

Pressure had been mounting for Conyers, who was hospitalized in MI late last month, to resign. We're used to it.

"We take these [claims] in stride", he said.

The longest-serving congressman has denied accusations he sexually harassed former female aides, but calls for his resignation have been growing.

- Prominent clergy, Detroit elected leaders and community activists said Monday that they will go to the White House and U.S. House of Representatives - if necessary - to demand due process for Rep. John Conyers who faces allegations of sexual harassment from several women who once worked for him.

Conyers is expected to make the announcement on a local radio show, the New York Times reported citing a relative.

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While Conyers maintains he would be retiring immediately, CBS News' Steve Chaggaris reports that Conyers' resignation from the House will trigger a special election to replace him to be called by the governor, per MI law.

"Oh, absolutely not", Conyers said.

More than 200 people showed up for a rally Monday morning in northwest Detroit to support embattled Congressman John Conyers, insisting he deserves due process regarding allegations of sexual harassment.

"Whatever (the allegations) are, they are not accurate", he said. In the political world, it's never that simple.

Conyers last month stepped down from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee after acknowledging that in 2015 he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint, though the congressman denied the sexual misconduct accusations against him.

Congress has been reviewing policies on how to handle sexual harassment complaints after a string of cases involving prominent figures in the USA media, Hollywood and politics.

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