Conyers 'Retiring Today,' Endorses Son to Replace Him

Rep. John Conyers D-Mich. ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing

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.

It came after John Conyers' attorney said late Monday afternoon that he will make an announcement about his political future on Tuesday morning.

But after being publicly accused by one woman after another in recent weeks, he faced growing calls to resign from colleagues in the House, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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". Pelosi's call for Conyers' job last Thursday was a 180 from her earlier comments: Last Sunday, Pelosi defended Conyers on Meet the Press, calling him an "icon" and dismissing his accusers' claims.

After distancing itself from the candidate, the Republican National Committee followed suit, announcing it is helping fund Moore's campaign for next Tuesday's special election.

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.

Conyers regularly won elections with more than 80 percent of the vote.

The Rev. Wendell Anthony president of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP speaks at a rally in Detroit Monday Dec. 4 2017. Clergy Detroit elected leaders and community activists are calling for
Conyers 'Retiring Today,' Endorses Son to Replace Him

Ian Conyers, the grandson of Conyers's brother, plans to run for his seat, setting up an intra-family contest.

Conyers admitted to making the settlement, but denied firing a female staffer for refusing his sexual advances.

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

Ian Conyers did not go into detail with the Times on the allegations against his family member, but said he would stand with him. The committee's website lists Conyers still as a member. He employed civil rights legend Rosa Parks at his Detroit district office for more than two decades.

Top Democrats, including Pelosi, have also called for. "I think we have to recognize and be able to hold the dueling possibilities that somebody can be a great man and have done great things for our country and for civil rights but also have done bad things that require accountability".

Conyers's decision to step aside comes as Congress struggles to explain its secretive process for investigating and settling claims about sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct.

"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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