Rep. John Conyers Announces Retirement Amid Misconduct Accusations

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Veteran US Democrat John Conyers announced Tuesday he is leaving the House of Representatives after more than five decades in office, following a series of sexual harassment accusations by former staffers.

"It will be Congressman John Conyers who decides what it is he is going to do". In his interview, he also endorsed his son to replace him.

In the days following the allegations, Conyers, who is the longest serving current House member, had fiercely denied the allegations against him and vowed to fight to clear his name.

Reed has said Conyers' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat. MI state Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of John Conyers' brother, also says he plans to run. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who previously broke a confidentiality agreement to speak publicly.

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

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The House Ethics Committee - with authority to recommend any action up to expulsion - had launched an investigation against Conyers, but that was nullified once he left office on Tuesday. Conyers, 88, was hospitalized last week for a stress-related illness after returning home from Washington, D.C. We don't condone sexual harassment on any level, ' he said.

Conyers called the events leading to his early retirement "a game of politics", but said he and his family are taking what has happened in stride and they are dealing with it and will keep moving forward.

"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.

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.

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

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Shortly after the announcement, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took to the House floor to read a statement from Conyers.

A week after the report, second ex-staffer of the congressman also accused him of sexual harassment and several Congressional Black Caucus members urged him to resign.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders called for his resignation.

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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