Embattled Michigan Rep. John Conyers announces retirement

Embattled Michigan Rep. John Conyers announces retirement

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.

"I am retiring today", Conyers said. He said Ian Conyers has not been "part of the conversations" between Reed, Conyers and his wife, Monica Conyers, regarding the congressman's future.

Speaking from an unnamed hospital where he reportedly was being treated for stress-related complications, the longest-serving member of Congress maintained that the allegations against him "are not true", and that he could not explain their origin.

Pressure had been mounting for Conyers, who was hospitalized in MI late last month, to resign.

Arnold Reed, attorney for Rep. John Conyers, holds up an image of Conyers and Marion Brown, one of the two women accusing the congressman of inappropriate behavior, as he addresses the media in Detroit on December 1. 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.

Reed has said Conyers' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat.

"I was startled and sprang to my feet and exclaimed, 'He just ran his hand up my thigh!' Other staffers witnessed the event", Elisa Grubbs said in an affidavit.

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

One of them, Marion Brown, last week broke a non-disclosure agreement that she signed after receiving a settlement, reported to be $27,000, when she left her job in Conyers's office, saying she "felt compelled" to speak out.

Rep. John Conyers' attorney is expected to make an announcement later this morning. When sexual-misconduct allegations surface in the private sector, a boss really can say "You're fired" - as Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and others can attest.

Ian Conyers, a grandson of John Conyers' brother, told The New York Times for a story Tuesday that the 88-year-old Democrat's doctor "advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him, just in terms of his health". In the political world, it's never that simple.

In the weeks since Buzzfeed broke the story of Conyers settling "a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was sacked because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances, '"-a story that also revealed fucked up facts about Congress" unfair sexual harassment reporting system, e.g., the victim of harassment has to pay for her own lawyer but tax payers foot the bill for the Congressman-Conyers has faced two more sexual harassment accusations from former staffers".

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct. Members of the Democratic leadership, including Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jim Clyburn, one of the elder members of the Congressional Black Caucus, all called on Conyers to step down.

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