Conyers retires amid firestorm of sexual harassment allegations from several women

Conyers supporters rally against racism & 'phony white liberals'

Two women have come forward in recent weeks to say Conyers abused or harassed them when they worked for him.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now".

The allegations spurred a House Ethics Committee investigation into Conyers' conduct.

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

John Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, would not confirm or deny that the congressman was planning to retire in a phone conversation with The Associated Press early Tuesday.

However, he said today that despite all this, he is confident in his legacy. "These serial accusers have done this before". And a former scheduler complained of sexual harassment and retaliation. A few days later, she finally stated she believed Conyers should resign.

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

Until Tuesday, Conyers held the distinction as the longest serving current member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Speaking on the Mildred Gaddis radio show, Conyers said he's taking the allegations "in stride".

While Conyers maintains he would be retiring immediately, CBS News' Steve Chaggaris reports that Conyers' resignation from the House will trigger a special election to replace him to be called by the governor, per MI law.

"Whatever (the allegations) are, they are not accurate", he said. Attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing Marion Brown, the woman in the BuzzFeed report that blew the lid off this story, released an affidavit from Conyers' former employee Elisa Grubbs, who worked for the lawmaker between 2001 and 2013.

Conyers, 88, was hospitalized last week due to "stress". In the political world, it's never that simple. Conyers has denied all the allegations, and on Tuesday, wrote the accusations off as "politics". 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.

Congress has been reviewing policies on how to handle sexual harassment complaints after a string of cases involving prominent figures in the USA media, Hollywood and politics.

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".

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