Rep. Conyers announces he's retiring, endorses son to fill seat

06 Декабря, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Phil Peters
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This morning Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), the longest-serving member of the House, told The Mildred Gaddis Show that he's "retiring today".

"I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III who incidentally I endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress". 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. "And I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support that...incredible, undiminished support I've received across the years of my supporters, not only in my district but across the country as well", Conyers said.

John Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, would not confirm or deny that the congressman was planning to retire in a phone conversation with The Associated Press early Tuesday. A few days later, she finally stated she believed Conyers should resign.

The sexual harassment allegations against Conyers surfaced November 20 after BuzzFeed News reported he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint with an employee in 2015 for $27,000 in exchange for a confidentiality agreement and that he made advances toward female staffers, including requests for sexual favors, caressing their hands in a "sexually suggestive" way, and rubbing their legs and backs in an inappropriate manner while in the office or in public.

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

Another woman has come forward claiming with sexual misconduct allegations against Rep.

The reports cite conversations with Conyers' grandson, Ian Conyers.

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Conyers, 88, made the announcement in an interview with a Detroit radio station.

They said the congressman is entitled to due process.

"Oh, absolutely not", Conyers said.

News of Conyers' departure comes amid a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations made against other members of Congress, including Sen. In the political world, it's never that simple.

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 has denied all the allegations, and on Tuesday, wrote the accusations off as "politics". She said he asked her to read his statement announcing his decision and that he's notified House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder of his plans to step down.

Conyers has already stepped down from his leadership position as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee late last month.

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