Rep. John Conyers Announces He's Retiring Today

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Embattled Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, has announced Tuesday that he is retiring and has endorsed his son, John Conyers III to run for his seat.

Conyers called in to The Mildred Gaddis Show Tuesday morning from his hospital room with his attorney by his side.

Arnold Reed, attorney for Rep. John Conyers, holds up an image of Conyers and Marion Brown, one of the two women accusing the congressman of inappropriate behavior, as he addresses the media in Detroit on December 1.

The 88-year-old civil rights leader and longest-serving member of the House announced what he referred to as his "retirement" on Detroit talk radio, while continuing to deny allegations he groped or sexually harassed women who worked for him.

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The news comes after Conyers' great-nephew, 29-year old MI state Senator Ian Conyers, told CBS News' Jonathan Blakely he would be running for the elder Conyers' seat.

"John Conyers has spent over 50 years protecting the rights of everyone in this country, " the Wayne County Executive said. He has denied wrongdoing.

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

Days later, the congressman stepped down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee during a congressional ethics probe of the sexual harassment allegations.

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

Shortly after the announcement, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took to the House floor to read a statement from Conyers. Mr. Trump now has 15 women who have accused him of sexual harassment.

"We're calling on the moral core of this nation to not treat us any different than anyone else", said Gay-Dagnogo, who organized Monday's rally and was joined by at least five other Michigan Black Legislative Caucus members in backing due process for the congressman. Court documents also revealed that another staffer in 2007 filed - and later dropped - a lawsuit against Conyers, claiming that the lawmaker sexually harassed her in 2015 and 2016, while she was working for him. "My client Marion Brown asks only for an acknowledgment and apology".

Word of Conyers' resignation was met with sadness among House Democrats, even though many had called on him to step down. "This goes with the issue of politics, the game of politics which we're in".

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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. I'm a co-sponsor on all of them.

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