Conyers 'Retiring Today,' Endorses Son to Replace Him

Conyers 'Retiring Today,' Endorses Son to Replace Him

Now facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, veteran Congressman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., announced he is retiring today.

"I am retiring today", Conyers, 88, told a Detroit radio station, as he became the first to step down among four serving U.S. lawmakers facing sexual misconduct allegations.

He said he's endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in Congress. Conyers faced calls to resign following reports that he reached a $27,000 settlement with a former aide who said she was sacked for rejecting his sexual advances.

Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, confirmed that the lawmaker meant retiring effective immediately.

Conyers on Tuesday endorsed his son, John Conyers III, for the seat.

"Seattle's Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who served with Conyers on the House Judiciary Committee, demanded his resignation a week ago, saying there should be "'zero tolerance' for sexual harassment".

However, he said today that despite all this, he is confident in his legacy. "He is going to retire", the younger Conyers said.

The affidavit backs up the statements Grubbs' cousin Marion Brown previously made and details years of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from the pol.

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

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The House Ethics Committee - with authority to recommend any action up to expulsion - had launched an investigation against Conyers, but that was nullified once he left office on Tuesday.

Conyers also complained that he was not being afforded due process to defend himself, and cited his health problems as another factor in his decision.

John Conyers returned to Detroit from Washington last week and was hospitalized on Wednesday after complaining that he felt light-headed.

But Conyers, who took his MI seat in 1965 and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, insisted that his record would not be tarnished by the accusations.

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. He also allegedly slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs as they sat in the front row of a church, she claimed. "I was startled and sprang to my feet and exclaimed, 'He just ran his hand up my thigh!' Other staffers witnessed the event".

Grubbs also said she repeatedly saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Brown and other female staffers.

She said that one time, when she was at Conyers' home, he came out of the bathroom naked when he knew she was in the room.

Reed told the Detroit Free Press that the allegations by Grubbs are "another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein's attorney".

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

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