Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Rep. Conyers announces retirement from Congress; endorses son to replace him

Rep. Conyers announces retirement from Congress; endorses son to replace him

Rep. John Conyers, the longest serving member of Congress and former head of the all-important Judiciary Committee announced this morning that he will leave the office he has saw faithfully and successfully served.

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. 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. The allegations spurred a House Ethics Committee investigation into Conyers' conduct.

The younger Conyers said that despite the accusations, he believes MI voters will reward his family's work in politics by electing him.

She says the Republican governor has wide discretion as to the timing of the special election.

Grubbs also claimed that Conyers "walked out of his bathroom, knowing she was in the room", when they were at his house. Conyers' congressional career, which spanned more than 50 years, included voting for articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

Conyers has remained hard headed through this all, denying the allegations, while his lawyer criticized the alleged victims. Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal claim in 2015 with a former employee who said he fired her because she said no to his sexual advances. In the affidavit, Grubbs said Brown told her, "That SOB just wanted me to have sex with him".

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.

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John Conyers spoke from an undisclosed hospital, according to his attorney, where he is being treated for stress related health concerns. He employed civil rights legend Rosa Parks at his Detroit district office for more than two decades.

Grubbs witnessed assault on other women.

Top Democrats, including Pelosi, have also called for.

After a 15-year struggle, Conyers succeeded in establishing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a federal holiday in 1986.

"I think that we lose our moral authority if we also don't call out those we love who have done things that are bad", said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

The furor over Conyers unfolded as the sexual misconduct allegations against Franken and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sent members of both parties rushing to choose sides. Another woman alleges she was sacked by Conyers after she rejected his advances and subsequently settled a wrongful dismissal claim with the congressman. "Systemic change is urgently needed so no other women have to endure the retaliation, secrecy and delays my client Marion Brown and others experienced".

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