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Longest-serving U.S. congressman quits after sex harassment claims

Longest-serving U.S. congressman quits after sex harassment claims

On Monday, a crowd of 200 in Detroit showed support for the congressman, who was hospitalized last week for stress related health issues.

He also endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in his congressional seat.

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.

Conyers told Mildred Gaddis he's confident in his legacy, despite multiple sexual harassment claims against him, and that his legacy will continue through his children.

Reed has said Conyers' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat.

Those who support Conyers said there's a double standard for African American leaders, citing the ongoing sexual misconduct accusations facing Al Franken. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who reached a confidential settlement with Conyers over sexual harassment allegations, but broke the confidentiality agreement to speak publicly last week.

Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released by her attorney, Lisa Bloom.

The House Ethics Committee is reviewing allegations of harassment against John Conyers.

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

The Rev. Wendell Anthony president of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP speaks at a rally in Detroit Monday Dec. 4 2017. Clergy Detroit elected leaders and community activists are calling for

'It's very sad. The fearless women who came forward are owed justice, ' Pelosi continued at a Capitol press conference.

Anthony was referring to allegations of sexual harassment leveled against President Donald Trump during his campaign for office.

His lawyer earlier said on Twitter that Conyers would make an announcement at 10:15 a.m. "We're calling for due process for every citizen, which also includes Congressman John Conyers by the same body which is supposed to uphold and defend due process".

While Conyers maintains he would be retiring immediately, CBS News' Steve Chaggaris reports that Conyers' resignation from the House will trigger a special election to replace him to be called by the governor, per MI law.

They said the congressman is entitled to due process.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dug herself into a hole when she defended Conyers on Meet The Press. Conyers has denied all the allegations, and on Tuesday, wrote the accusations off as "politics".

The House Ethics Committee last week opened an investigation into Conyers, 88, after he said his office had resolved a harassment case of a former staffer with a payment but no admission of guilt.

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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