Embattled Michigan Rep. John Conyers announces retirement

Posted December 06, 2017

Congress has been reviewing policies on how to handle sexual harassment complaints after a string of cases involving prominent figures in the USA media, Hollywood and politics.

The Democratic lawmaker has been hospitalized for stress-related health reasons earlier this week after he felt dizzy and light-headed at his Detroit home.

John Conyers told a Detroit area radio show that he'll step down from his seat in Congress Tuesday and publicly endorsed his son to replace him once he leaves Capitol Hill. 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. "This too shall pass", he said, calling in from a local hospital. "My legacy will continue through my children", he said.

Conyers first was elected to the U.S. House in 1964. Right now he is the longest serving member in the House and helped found the Congressional Black Caucus.

Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, will announce on Tuesday he does not plan to run for re-election, USA media said following accusations of sexual harassment against the Michigan Democrat.

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The House Ethics Committee is reviewing allegations of harassment against John Conyers.

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY said he was saddened by the resignation of his "friend and mentor" but added: "There can be no tolerance for behavior that subjects women to the kind of conduct that has been alleged". "He is going to retire", Ian Conyers told The New York Times.

"It will be Congressman John Conyers who decides what it is he is going to do".

Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released late Monday by her attorney, Lisa Bloom.

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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Grubbs said she saw Conyers stroking the legs and buttocks of other staffers on multiple occasions. "My client Marion Brown asks only for an acknowledgment and apology".

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. We don't condone sexual harassment on any level, ' he said.

Wounded by the mounting accusations, and well aware of the potential implications for Democrats' efforts to win congressional seats in next year's mid-term elections, the party's congressional leadership last week called for Conyers to resign.

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. "I hope my retirement will be viewed in the larger perspective of my record of service as I enter a new chapter", the statement from Conyers read.

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