Conyers resigns from Congress amid harassment allegations
Conyers resigns from Congress amid harassment allegations
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06 December, 2017, 00:50
U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-13th District), commonly referred to as the "Dean of the House", is not stepping down in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him, but he is stepping aside - effective immediately.
Conyers' attorney Arnold Reed told the Detroit Free Press Grubbs' allegations are "another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein's attorney". He endorsed his son John Conyers III to succeed him.
Conyers told Mildred Gaddis he's confident in his legacy, despite multiple sexual harassment claims against him, and that his legacy will continue through his children. Conyers has repeatedly denied claims of sexual harrassment and misconduct by staffers. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who reached a confidential settlement with Conyers over sexual harassment allegations, but broke the confidentiality agreement to speak publicly last week.
"I was startled and sprang to my feet and exclaimed, 'He just ran his hand up my thigh!' Other staffers witnessed the event", Elisa Grubbs said in an affidavit.
'The allegations against congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday are serious, disappointing and very credible, ' said Pelosi, a California representative who notably did not call for Conyers to go during a Sunday appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.
Another woman has come forward claiming with sexual misconduct allegations against Rep. He returned home from Washington, D.C. Tuesday night. We don't condone sexual harassment on any level, ' he said.
According to a phone interview with The New York Times, the state senator was adamant that the elder Conyers was not resigning, but retiring instead.
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.
"Oh, absolutely not", Conyers said. 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.
"Whatever (the allegations) are, they are not accurate", he said.
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".
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee took to the House floor to read a letter by Conyers to his colleagues, saying he notified the Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi that he was vacating his seat.
Conyers, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus who was first elected to the House in 1964, stepped down last month as the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
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