Now facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, veteran Congressman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., announced he is retiring today. "I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III who incidentally I endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress".
In a tweet, Southfield attorney Arnold Reed said he has talked to Conyers, D-Detroit, and that "we will make an announcement" at 10:15 a.m. ET Tuesday on Mildred Gaddis' show on WPZR-FM. Conyers, 88, was hospitalized last week for a stress-related illness after returning home from Washington, D.C.
The congressman, who took his MI seat in the House in 1965, has already stepped aside as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee amid swirling allegations of sexual improprieties.
"If we're going to raise this unholy and unlawful guillotine, calling for the head of John Conyers, then (an effort to remove) the president of the United States" must begin, he said.
Conyers, who was first elected in 1964, easily won re-election previous year in the heavily Democratic 13th District. He is married to Monica Conyers who pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy to commit bribery as a member of the Detroit City Council.
"When Rep. Conyers inappropriately touched me like this", said Grubbs, as reported by the paper, "my eyes would pop out and I would be stunned in disbelief". The committee's website lists Conyers still as a member.
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The sexual harassment allegations against Conyers surfaced November 20 after BuzzFeed News reported he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint with an employee in 2015 for $27,000 in exchange for a confidentiality agreement and that he made advances toward female staffers, including requests for sexual favors, caressing their hands in a "sexually suggestive" way, and rubbing their legs and backs in an inappropriate manner while in the office or in public.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dug herself into a hole when she defended Conyers on Meet The Press.
Conyers has continued to deny the women's accounts, and his lawyer said Conyers would not pay back the settlement money that was paid to Brown at taxpayer expense. It featured about a dozen speakers and lasted a little more than an hour.
Top Democrats, including Pelosi, have also called for. He had previously served on the staff of former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. He sponsored the bill to declare Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, as well as the Alcohol Warning Label, National Voter Registration and Hate Crime Statistics acts. Parks worked for Conyers for more than 30 years.
The lawmaker was abandoned by party leadership when the seriousness of the allegations against him became apparent, and as Congress grapples with how to address the issue of sexual misconduct. "He pointed to areas of, genital areas of his body, and asked me to, you know, touch it".