Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Supporters rally, demand due-process for US Rep. Conyers

Supporters rally, demand due-process for US Rep. Conyers

Conyers is facing numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment from former female employees.

Reed said Tuesday that Conyers likely will call the radio show because his client shouldn't "risk his health" by traveling outside in the cold weather.

Conyers, 88, announced Tuesday morning during an interview on Praise 102.7 FM that he is retiring and is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.

Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, confirmed to ABC News that the lawmaker meant retiring effective immediately.

Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, will announce on Tuesday he does not plan to run for re-election, US media said following accusations of sexual harassment against the Michigan Democrat. MI state Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of John Conyers' brother, also says he plans to run. "The other accuser is Grubbs' cousin, the Free Press noted".

Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released by her attorney, Lisa Bloom.

The House Ethics Committee announced last week it has opened an investigation into allegations.

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

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As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to swirl around him, several of Conyers' congressional colleagues encouraged him to resign. We don't condone sexual harassment on any level, ' he said.

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

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Rep. John Conyers will not seek re-election after his current term.

Wounded by the mounting accusations, and well aware of the potential implications for Democrats' efforts to win congressional seats in next year's mid-term elections, the party's congressional leadership last week called for Conyers to resign.

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. When sexual-misconduct allegations surface in the private sector, a boss really can say "You're fired" - as Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and others can attest.

Last week, minority leader Nancy Pelosi said Conyers should step down.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct. Al Franken (D-MN). Last week, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) was also publicly named as the first sitting member of Congress known to have used a little-known Congressional account to settle an $84,000 sexual harassment claim brought by his former communications director in 2015.

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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