Relative: Rep. Conyers won't seek re-election due to health
Relative: Rep. Conyers won't seek re-election due to health
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06 December, 2017, 00:47
Conyers has denied any wrongdoing. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who previously broke a confidentiality agreement to speak publicly.
'The allegations against congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday are serious, disappointing and very credible, ' said Pelosi, a California representative who notably did not call for Conyers to go during a Sunday appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.
The allegations spurred a House Ethics Committee investigation into Conyers' conduct. Conyers, 88, was hospitalized last week for a stress-related illness after returning home from Washington, D.C.
Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, said Friday the congressman will decide in the next few days whether to resign, stay in office through the end of his term, or seek re-election next year.
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.
Conyers announced what he referred to as his "retirement" on a Detroit radio talk show, calling in from the hospital where he was taken last week after complaining of light-headedness.
But amid a drumbeat of allegations he groped or sexual harassed women who worked for him, he faced growing calls to resign from colleagues in the House, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Rep. John Conyers' attorney is expected to make an announcement later this morning.
"I'm now in Israel on a fact finding mission with African American leaders from the Midwest", Ian Conyers tweetedjust minutes after his grand-uncle's radio interview ended.
They said the congressman is entitled to due process.
"No one is going after the senator, so why, all of a sudden, are they going after John Conyers?" In the political world, it's never that simple.
The elder Conyers, however, continued to deny the allegations leveled against him.
Following these accusations, House minority leader Nanci Pelosi eventually asked Conyers to step down, as did Rep. James E. Clyburn. He also was accused of harassment by ethics lawyer Melanie Sloan and sexual harassment by former staff member Deanna Maher.
Congress has been reviewing policies on how to handle sexual harassment complaints after a string of cases involving prominent figures in the US media, Hollywood and politics.
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 past year to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district.
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