Conyers To Retire Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

06 December, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan stepped down as ranking member of Judiciary Committee amid sexual harassment investigation

Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to the civil rights leader's almost 53-year career on Capitol Hill.

Conyers, 88, confirmed the news on the Mildred Gaddis radio show, calling in from a hospital in Detroit recovering for a stress-related illness.

Conyers" attorney Arnold Reed told the Detroit Free Press the new allegations from Grubbs are "another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein's attorney'.

He is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in Congress.

Reed has said Conyers' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat. A lawyer for Conyers has repeatedly said the congressman denied wrongdoing and had no plans to resign, despite more calls from members of his own party. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who reached a confidential settlement with Conyers over sexual harassment allegations, but broke the confidentiality agreement to speak publicly last week.

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"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 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'. He returned home from Washington, D.C. Tuesday night. Another woman accused Conyers of sexual misconduct just days later.

"I'm now in Israel on a fact finding mission with African American leaders from the Midwest", Ian Conyers tweeted just minutes after his grand-uncle's radio interview ended.

"Whatever (the allegations) are, they are not accurate", he said.

"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.

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But Conyers, who took his MI seat in 1965 and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, insisted that his record would not be tarnished by the accusations.

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

Melanie Sloan, a former Conyers aide and Washington lawyer, told The Washington Post last week that Conyers harassed and verbally abused her when she worked for his Washington office in the 1990s.

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 previous year to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district.

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