Rep. Conyers announces retirement from Congress; endorses son to replace him

Geneva Matthews
December 6, 2017

"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. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who previously broke a confidentiality agreement to speak publicly.

"He is not resigning".

MI state Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of Conyers' brother, told The New York Times he plans to run for the seat.

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.

Reed has said Conyers' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat.

'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'.

Conyers is one of four sitting USA lawmakers hit by allegations of sexual misconduct in the wake of the claims targeting movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, which triggered a torrent of accusations against powerful figures in the worlds of entertainment, media and politics.

Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, confirmed to ABC News that the lawmaker meant retiring effective immediately. And a former scheduler complained of sexual harassment and retaliation.

The NYT also reports that Ian plans to run for the seat.

Grubbs' affidavit says that she worked for Conyers in various roles from approximately 2001 to about 2013.

Conyers, who spoke for the first time since returning to his home district amid allegations of sexual harassment, made the comments on Mildred Gaddis' radio show in Detroit.

The reports cite conversations with Conyers' grandson, Ian Conyers.

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

Rep. John Conyers on Capitol Hill in 1965.

They said the congressman is entitled to due process. In the political world, it's never that simple. She said he asked her to read his statement announcing his decision and that he's notified House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder of his plans to step down.

Melanie Sloan, a former Conyers aide and Washington lawyer, told The Washington Post last week that Conyers harassed and verbally abused her when she worked for his Washington office in the 1990s.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

The 88-year-old liberal from Detroit becomes the highest-ranking figure in Washington to be brought down by the sexual misconduct allegations that have toppled powerful men in Hollywood, the media and politics in recent weeks.

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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