Sunday, 17 December, 2017

John Conyers will leave Congress in wake of harassment claims

John Conyers John Conyers
Dexter Carr | 06 December, 2017, 00:28

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.

It would also lead Gov. Rick Snyder to set in motion a process for a special election to fill Conyers' seat - though that, too, could take months during which the seat would sit empty. State Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of Conyers' brother, said he plans to run for the seat.

At the time, Reed said that it would be up to Conyers, and not other politicians, whether he ended a almost 53-year-long career in Congress. Conyers - a figure who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and employed Rosa Parks - was first elected in 1964. "It will be Congressman John Conyers who decides what it is he is going to do". The group declined last week to call for his resignation, pitting its members against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who said he must leave Congress.

According to Grubbs' statement, Conyers called her and Brown the "Big Leg Cousins", and once came out of the bathroom of his home completely naked in front of Grubbs.

One of them, Marion Brown, last week broke a non-disclosure agreement that she signed after receiving a settlement, reported to be $27,000, when she left her job in Conyers's office, saying she "felt compelled" to speak out. "This too shall pass", he said, speaking on the Mildred Gaddis Show. Another former staff member accused Conyers of sexual misconduct and filed a lawsuit, but dropped the suit when the court refused to seal the case. The 88-year-old Democrat is the longest-serving current House member. "We support the right to protect the constitutional rights of all involved".

Conyers has continued to deny the women's accounts, and his lawyer said Conyers would not pay back the settlement money that was paid to Brown at taxpayer expense. "This goes with the issue of politics, the game of politics which we're in".

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"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.

"Whatever they are they are not accurate, they are not true, and I think that they are something that I can't explain where they came from", said Rep. Conyers.

Buzzfeed News reported on November 20 that Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was sacked from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances.

Gaddis asked Conyers to clarify what he meant.

"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. He will now be leaving the seat he's held since 1965.

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