Rep. John Conyers Announces Retirement Amid Misconduct Accusations

Rep. John Conyers Announces Retirement Amid Misconduct Accusations

Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a almost 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the nation's workplaces.

Just late last night, another woman who says she worked for Conyers also came forward to say the congressman groped her while they were in church.

Conyers, the longest-serving active member of the House, left Washington last Tuesday amid reports that some other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, which he co-founded, were urging him to resign to protect his legacy as a civil rights icon.

The revelations against Conyers came amid a flurry of allegations of sexual misconduct against several of his colleagues in both the House and Senate, including Reps.

If Conyers were to resign, it would help Democrats quiet demands that some action be taken against him.

In 1964, when he won his first term, Conyers was one of just five black members of Congress, and the first to represent the city of Detroit. Conyers' congressional career, which spanned more than 50 years, included voting for articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

Ian Conyers, the grandson of Conyers's brother, plans to run for his seat, setting up an intra-family contest.

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Conyers, has admitted to paying a settlement to a former staffer but denies her sexual harassment allegations. "He is going to retire", the younger Conyers said.

"This is about much more than one congressman", Grubbs' attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in an email after Conyers resigned. The New York Timesis reporting Rep. Conyers will also announce his great-nephew and current MI senator Ian Conyers will run for his seat at the end of his term.

'It's very sad. The courageous women who came forward are owed justice, ' Pelosi continued at a Capitol press conference.

Grubbs witnessed assault on other women.

Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas and Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada have all rebuffed calls for them to step down, though Farenthold has said he won't seek re-election next year. "Systemic change is urgently needed so no other women have to endure the retaliation, secrecy and delays my client Marion Brown and others experienced". He sponsored the bill to declare Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, as well as the Alcohol Warning Label, National Voter Registration and Hate Crime Statistics acts.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

"I think there should be a complete disclosure and revealing to all of the citizens of the country of what your federal legislators are doing or not doing and any cost that may have been incurred as a result of that", added Conyers. "We support the right to protect the constitutional rights of all involved".