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

Trevor Jackson
December 6, 2017

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, 88, plans to announce his retirement as he faces sexual harassment allegations. Conyers' lawyer confirmed that the retirement is effective immediately.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now".

Reed has said Conyers' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat. Conyers, facing sexual misconduct allegations, has refused to step down even after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged the veteran Democrat from Detroit to do so. "I am retiring today".

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

According to Speaker Ryan's office, nothing has been received notifying Ryan of his resignation.

Spokeswoman Anna Heaton says Snyder's office will look at a timetable for that process once it receives a letter of resignation that officially creates the vacancy.

The news comes after Conyers' great-nephew, 29-year old MI state Senator Ian Conyers, told CBS News' Jonathan Blakely he would be running for the elder Conyers' seat.

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. "His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health".

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Until Tuesday, Conyers held the distinction as the longest serving current member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

When asked if Congress should "open the books" and share the names of all the members who are responsible for $7 million in sexual harassment lawsuits paid, Conyers said, "My answer is a strong, unequivocal, yes".

Conyers said in the interview that this in no way will tarnish his legacy. He has already stepped aside from his position as ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The announcement is expected to be made at 10:15AM Tuesday on the "The Mildred Gaddis Show" on 102.7FM in Detroit. More and more women began to speak out against Conyers. "However, those things need to have their day in court". Conyers has denied all the allegations, and on Tuesday, wrote the accusations off as "politics".

Another victim of Conyers has come forward.

The news comes two weeks after at least six former female staffers accused Conyers of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior, and days after Conyers was hospitalized due to stress.

Republican congressman Joe Barton separately announced last week he would not seek re-election after a nude photograph of him taken while he was separated from his wife circulated online. Al Franken, D-Minnesota. "They are not true and I think they are something that I can't explain where they came from".

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