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John Conyers will leave Congress in wake of harassment claims

06 December 2017

On Monday, yet another allegation was lodged against Conyers, when a woman who said she worked for the congressman for more than a decade said he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

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

The veteran lawmaker said that he is also endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to fill his seat.

Democratic Rep. John Conyers will reportedly not seek re-election after multiple women claimed he sexually harassed them including a former staffer, according to a new report released Tuesday.

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Hours after Conyers, D-Mich., announced his immediate retirement from the House of Representatives, Rep. Marcia Fudge, a former black caucus chair, suggested that Ryan's responses to the Conyers and Farenthold situations had racial overtones. 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.

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.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now". Conyers, facing sexual misconduct allegations, has refused to step down even after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged the veteran Democrat from Detroit to do so. "My legacy will continue through my children". "This too shall pass", he said, speaking on the Mildred Gaddis Show. He's been re-elected 25 times since and is the longest-serving current member of Congress, and the fourth-longest serving member of the House in history.

A third woman, Deanna Maher, said Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005, CNN reported last week.

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The House Ethics Committee last week opened an investigation into Conyers, 88, after he said his office had resolved a harassment case of a former staffer with a payment but no admission of guilt.

News of Conyers' departure comes amid a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations made against other members of Congress, including Sen.

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.

"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. He has already stepped aside from his position as ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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John Conyers will leave Congress in wake of harassment claims