John Conyers retiring from Congress amid sex harassment claims

06 December, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Irene Delgado
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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.

Grubbs came forward as Conyers is expected to speak on a Detroit radio show Tuesday about his future.

"I am retiring today", Conyers said.

Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, confirmed to ABC News that the lawmaker meant retiring effective immediately. He said he plans to run for John Conyers' seat in Washington, D.C.

A third woman, Deanna Maher, said Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005, CNN reported last week. "He is going to retire", the younger Conyers said.

In the affidavit, Grubbs said Brown told her, "That SOB just wanted me to have sex with him".

As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to swirl around him, several of Conyers' congressional colleagues encouraged him to resign.

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John Conyers returned to Detroit from Washington last week and was hospitalized on Wednesday after complaining that he felt light-headed. We don't condone sexual harassment on any level, ' he said.

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.

His lawyer earlier said on Twitter that Conyers would make an announcement at 10:15 a.m.

According to Grubbs' statement, Conyers called her and Brown the "Big Leg Cousins", and once came out of the bathroom of his home completely naked in front of Grubbs.

"Whatever (the allegations) are, they are not accurate", he said. "We're calling for due process for every citizen, which also includes Congressman John Conyers by the same body which is supposed to uphold and defend due process". Members of the Democratic leadership, including Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jim Clyburn, one of the elder members of the Congressional Black Caucus, all called on Conyers to step down.

In the weeks since Buzzfeed broke the story of Conyers settling "a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was sacked because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances, '"-a story that also revealed fucked up facts about Congress" unfair sexual harassment reporting system, e.g., the victim of harassment has to pay for her own lawyer but tax payers foot the bill for the Congressman-Conyers has faced two more sexual harassment accusations from former staffers".

Conyers, who was first elected in 1964 and went on to become a founding member in 1971 of the Congressional Black Caucus, easily won re-election a year ago to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district.

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