Rep. John Conyers won't seek re-election

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Rep. John Conyers won't seek re-election

Democratic Representative John Conyers of MI, the longest-serving House member, announced on Tuesday that he's retiring from Congress immediately amid allegations that he sexually harassed members of his staff.

Conyers' attorney Arnold Reed tweeted Monday that he and the congressman will appear on the 102.7 FM Mildred Gaddis radio show on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.to announce the Detroit Democrat's decision on whether he plans to stay in Congress.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dug herself into a hole when she defended Conyers on Meet The Press.

"I am retiring today", Conyers said. A lawyer for Conyers has repeatedly said the congressman denied wrongdoing and had no plans to resign, despite more calls from members of his own party.

Conyers was facing investigation by the House Ethics Committee into multiple allegations that he had sexually harassed women who worked with him.

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.

The veteran lawmaker said that he is also endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to fill his seat.

Conyers said in a statement read Tuesday on the floor of the House by Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee that he was resigning "to preserve my legacy and good name".

FILE - In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing.

Other former staff members have since come forward to say he harassed them or behaved inappropriately.

He also hired civil rights heroine Rosa Parks to serve on his congressional staff in his Detroit office.

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

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. Conyers' congressional career, which spanned more than 50 years, included voting for articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon. "They are not true and I think they are something that I can't explain where they came from". "We support the right to protect the constitutional rights of all involved". When Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., resigned in March 2010 amid allegations that he had groped and tickled male staffers, Gov. David Paterson, D, put the replacement election on the November ballot.

The furor over Conyers unfolded as the sexual misconduct allegations against Franken and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sent members of both parties rushing to choose sides. "He pointed to areas of, genital areas of his body, and asked me to, you know, touch it".

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