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Rep. John Conyers Announces He's Retiring Today

July 21 2018, 12:20 | Irvin Gilbert

Rep. John Conyers Announces He's Retiring Today

Rep. John Conyers Announces He's Retiring Today

It came after John Conyers' attorney said late Monday afternoon that he will make an announcement about his political future on Tuesday morning.

Conyers also endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in office.

Described by supporters as an icon of liberal policymaking, Conyers was revered on Capitol Hill as a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. The Ethics Committee does not investigate former members, so that inquiry would likely come to an end.

Elisa Grubbs, who says she worked for Conyers (D-Mich.) from 2001 to 2013, released the statement through lawyer Lisa Bloom on Twitter. "It was sexual harassment, violating my body, propositioning me for sex". "He has touched me in different ways, and it was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional".

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 thought it was worth the risk to stand up for all the women in the workforce that are voiceless". Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders called for his resignation. Court documents also revealed that another staffer in 2007 filed - and later dropped - a lawsuit against Conyers, claiming that the lawmaker sexually harassed her in 2015 and 2016, while she was working for him. Other local media also reported the plans, citing sources close to Conyers. He was the first African-American member of that committee.

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.

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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 told the Washington Post of alleged mistreatment and verbal abuse, though Sloan said she did not believe she was sexually harassed by Conyers.

The elder Conyers, however, continued to deny the allegations leveled against him. He returned home from Washington, D.C. Tuesday night.

While Conyers maintains he would be retiring immediately, CBS News' Steve Chaggaris reports that Conyers' resignation from the House will trigger a special election to replace him to be called by the governor, per MI law. When Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., resigned in March 2010 amid allegations that he had groped and tickled male staffers, Gov. David Paterson, D, put the replacement election on the November ballot. Conyers' congressional career, which spanned more than 50 years, included voting for articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

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

Conyers' district includes parts of Detroit, Dearborn Heights and all of the cities of Ecorse, Garden City, Highland Park, Inkster, Melvindale, Redford, River Rouge, Romulus, Wayne and Westland.

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