John Conyers Steps Down

Supporters rally, demand due-process for US Rep. Conyers

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said he will step down from Congress as of Tuesday, amid allegations of sexual misconduct leveled by multiple women.

John Conyers returned to Detroit from Washington last week and was hospitalized on Wednesday after complaining that he felt light-headed.

None of the more than a dozen speakers said the accusers should be forgotten, only that Conyers deserves the same rights of due process that other members of Congress who have been accused of sexual harassment are receiving, Gray reports.

While Democrats appear to be taking sexual harassment allegations seriously-even those filed against congressmen with so much power and sway they were considered "untouchable"-yesterday Donald Trump endorsed an alleged child molester (and confirmed bigot/theocrat/racist) running for the Senate in Alabama".

Wounded by the mounting accusations, and well aware of the potential implications for Democrats' efforts to win congressional seats in next year's mid-term elections, the party's congressional leadership last week called for Conyers to resign.

Conyers, 88, is already facing a House Ethics Committee inquiry.

Conyers regularly won elections with more than 80 percent of the vote. "He is going to retire, ' Conyers" great-nephew Ian, a MI state senator, told the New York Times, adding that he planned to run for the seat in Congress himself, suggesting Conyers would step down at the end of his term and won't seek reelection. Conyers eventually acknowledged the settlement, but denied wrongdoing.

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

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'It's very sad. The fearless women who came forward are owed justice, ' Pelosi continued at a Capitol press conference. He immediately hired Rosa Parks, who served on his staff until her retirement in 1988, and he backed the major planks of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "Great Society" program, including the Voting Rights Act.

Shortly after the announcement, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took to the House floor to read a statement from Conyers.

At least two other women who worked for him have accused him of sexual misconduct.

In April 1968, four days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Conyers introduced the first bill proposing a holiday in his honor.

Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas and Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada have all rebuffed calls for them to step down, though Farenthold has said he won't seek re-election next year.

"I think that we lose our moral authority if we also don't call out those we love who have done things that are bad", said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. Right now he is the longest serving member in the House and helped found the Congressional Black Caucus.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

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