John Conyers Steps Down

Relative Rep. Conyers won't seek re-election due to health

Conyers lawyer, Arnold Reed, said the departure was effective immediately.

Conyers on Tuesday endorsed his son, John Conyers III, for the seat.

Conyers, who represented the Detroit area for 52 years, yielded to mounting pressure from Democratic leaders to step aside as a growing number of female former aides accused him of unwanted advances and mistreatment. "He is going to retire, ' Conyers" great-nephew Ian, a MI state senator, told the New York Times, adding that he planned to run for the seat in Congress himself, suggesting Conyers would step down at the end of his term and won't seek reelection. "The game of politics which we're in, we take what happens, we deal with it, we pass on and move on forward as we keep going trying to make as much as we can of this tremendous opportunity that's been given to me for so long", said Conyers on Tuesday.

He acknowledged the settlement but denied any wrongdoing.

The House Ethics Committee announced last week it has opened an investigation into allegations.

The elder Conyers, however, continued to deny the allegations leveled against him.

Buzzfeed News reported on November 20 that Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was sacked from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances.

Republican Roy Moore, a former Alabama supreme court chief justice, has been accused by several women of sexually assaulting or touching them when they were teenagers - including one who has 14 at the time - and he was in his thirties. "Systemic change is urgently needed so no other women have to endure the retaliation, secrecy and delays my client Marion Brown and others experienced".

The retirement announcement comes one day after a rally was held in Detroit in support of Conyers to have due process in examining the sexual harassment claims against him rather than demanding his resignation. He added that he hopes his retirement will be viewed in the "larger perspective" of his more than 50 years as a lawmaker. The issue had divided members of his party, especially those in the Congressional Black Caucus, and Pelosi, too, had struggled, calling Conyers an "icon" before pressing days later for him to go.

According to Grubbs' statement, Conyers called her and Brown the "Big Leg Cousins", and once came out of the bathroom of his home completely naked in front of Grubbs.

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

"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.

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