Rep. John Conyers not seeking re-election after term

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U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) announced his retirement Tuesday, bringing to an end a more than five-decade run in the House.

Conyers" attorney Arnold Reed told the Detroit Free Press the new allegations from Grubbs are "another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein's attorney'. "He is going to retire", the younger Conyers said. "My legacy will continue through my children".

Conyers on Tuesday endorsed his son, John Conyers III, for the seat.

But Conyers, who took his MI seat in 1965 and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, insisted that his record would not be tarnished by the accusations. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders called for his resignation.

"Given the totality of the circumstance of not being afforded the right of due process in conjunction with current health conditions and to preserve my legacy and good name, I am retiring". His resignation will not be effective until the office receives the original letter announcing the resignation and a copy of his signed letter to Governor Snyder.

According to a phone interview with The New York Times, the state senator was adamant that the elder Conyers was not resigning, but retiring instead. He is the longest-serving member in the House.

The reports cite conversations with Conyers' grandson, Ian Conyers. "Many of us support those bills".

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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.

"I am retiring today", Conyers, 88, told a Detroit radio station, as he became the first to step down among four serving USA lawmakers facing sexual misconduct allegations. Conyers has repeatedly denied claims of sexual harrassment and misconduct by staffers. 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.

"This goes with the issue of politics".

Brown said she came forward because she wants "to be a voice", and so that her granddaughter would "not have to endure sexism and gender inequality". "However, those things need to have their day in court".

Gaddis also asked Conyers whether he believes the allegations that have been made against him will impact his legacy.

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

"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.

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