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Embattled Michigan Rep. John Conyers announces retirement

Embattled Michigan Rep. John Conyers announces retirement

This morning Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), the longest-serving member of the House, told The Mildred Gaddis Show that he's "retiring today".

In the latest turn in the case, another accuser, Elisa Grubbs, says Conyers slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

The minority leader had spent a few days prior to November 26 working with Conyers and other Congressional Black Caucus members on how to "lay groundwork for him to step aside gracefully", the aide told NPR's Scott Detrow.

Following these accusations, House minority leader Nanci Pelosi eventually asked Conyers to step down, as did Rep. James E. Clyburn.

"There can be no tolerance for behavior that subjects women to the kind of conduct that has been alleged", said Jerrold Nadler, who replaced Conyers in his leadership role on the House Judiciary Committee.

Now that Conyers has resigned, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, R, will call a special election to replace him.

Grubbs also claimed that Conyers "walked out of his bathroom, knowing she was in the room", when they were at his house.

Firmly ensconced in his House seat, Conyers remained a reliable left-wing vote.

He acknowledged the settlement but denied any wrongdoing.

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A third woman, Deanna Maher, said Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005, CNN reported last week.

"This is about much more than one congressman", Grubbs' attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in an email after Conyers resigned.

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

He also hired civil rights heroine Rosa Parks to serve on his congressional staff in his Detroit office.

Conyers called the events leading to his early retirement "a game of politics", but said he and his family are taking what has happened in stride and they are dealing with it and will keep moving forward.

At least two other women who worked for him have accused him of sexual misconduct.

The furor over Conyers unfolded as the sexual misconduct allegations against Franken and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sent members of both parties rushing to choose sides.

In April 1968, four days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Conyers introduced the first bill proposing a holiday in his honor. "We support the right to protect the constitutional rights of all involved".

"I think there should be a complete disclosure and revealing to all of the citizens of the country of what your federal legislators are doing or not doing and any cost that may have been incurred as a result of that", added Conyers. "Systemic change is urgently needed so no other women have to endure the retaliation, secrecy and delays my client Marion Brown and others experienced".


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