Disgraced Democrat Congressman John Conyers (MI), who was busted for paying a victim of sexual harassment with taxpayer dollars, has decided to call it quits. Here’s the scoop…
From The Hill:
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), who for weeks has been the target of sexual misconduct allegations, announced on Tuesday that he will retire from the House.
Conyers, the lower chamber’s current longest-serving member, told a Detroit-area radio station that he is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, for his seat.
He said he was “retiring today.”
John Conyers’s decision to retire comes after calls from numerous colleagues for his resignation. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have both said Conyers should step aside in light of the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him. Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the assistant Democratic leader who is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus with Conyers, has also said the Michigan lawmaker should resign.
More from New York Daily News:
The House Ethics Committee launched a probe earlier this month after it was revealed that Conyers paid a $27,000 cash settlement to an ex-staffer who had accused him of sexual harassment.
The former staffer claimed Conyers repeatedly begged her for sexual favors and often asked her to join him in hotel rooms.
The shocking revelations prompted a number of other women to come forward with similar allegations against Conyers, who was first elected in 1964.
More on Conyers, via AP News:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, said Sunday he will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately during his long tenure in Congress.
In a statement, the 88-year-old lawmaker made clear he would prefer to keep his leadership role on the committee, which has wide jurisdiction over U.S. law enforcement, from civil rights and impeachment of federal officials to sexual harassment protections.
But Conyers acknowledged maintaining the post would be a distraction “in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me.”
“I have come to believe that my presence as ranking member on the committee would not serve these efforts while the Ethics Committee investigation is pending,” he said. “I cannot in good conscience allow these charges to undermine my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, and my friends on both sides of the aisle in the Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives.”
America needs more people like Conyers in office like we need another war.
He is doing the right thing by not returning.