Two weeks after Rep. John Conyers was accused of sexual harassment the 88-year-old decided it was time for him to retire.
“I am retiring today,” Conyers, D-Mich., said in a local radio interview. “I want everyone to know how much I appreciate people’s support.”
This announcement came after Conyers went to his Detroit district and discussed his political future with his advisers and family.
The old man decided it was time his son, John Conyers III, took over and endorsed him to take his seat in Congress. [Luckily he still has to be voted in]
Via Fox News: The most recent accusations, which surfaced Monday, detailed how Conyers more than a decade ago allegedly slid his hand up a woman’s skirt and rubbed her thighs while they sat next to each other in church. The latest accusation comes amid mounting claims and after Conyers was hospitalized.
He made his announcement Tuesday on Praise 102.7’s “The Mildred Gaddis Show.”
Conyers has vehemently denied the allegations against him.
A few days after the first allegations surfaced on Nov. 20, Conyers stepped down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. But fellow party members had increasingly called for him to step aside.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said unequivocally last week that Conyers should resign, amid increasing accusations and backlash for her calling him an “icon” on women’s issues and suggesting an ethics investigation must come before any decisions are made.
“Congressman Conyers should resign,” she said Thursday. “He has served our Congress and shaped consequential legislation (but) zero tolerance means consequences for everyone — no matter the great legacy.”
Conyers’ sexual assault offenses were first aired on BuzzFeed where they reported, “Conyers’ office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidentiality agreement to settle a complaint in 2015 that she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances.”
The House Ethics Committee alerted the press the next day that they began an investigation into the 88yr-old when they received notice of his sexual misconduct, age discrimination and his use of “official resources for impermissible personal purposes.”
Later in the week, Melanie Sloan, a lawyer who worked with Conyers on the House Judiciary Committee, said she was called into the congressman’s office to discuss an issue and found him “walking around in his underwear.”
Sloan worked on the committee in the 1990s, but it was not clear when the alleged incident occurred. She also claims Conyers often screamed at her, fired and re-hired her, criticized her for not wearing stockings and once even ordered her to baby-sit one of his children.
The allegation made public Monday was from Elise Grubbs, a cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown.
Brown reached a confidential settlement with Conyers over sexual harassment allegations, but broke the confidentiality agreement to speak publicly last week.
Seems like this old bag of bones thought he might as well quit before any real damage is done.
The story gets juicer though…
Grubbs says, in an affidavit made public, that she worked for Conyers in various roles from about 2001 to about 2013.
She also said that she saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Brown and other female staffers on “multiple occasions.”
Conyers is among several D.C. lawmakers — including Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold — facing problems amid the recent wave of sexual-misconduct allegations hitting Capitol Hill.
Should the House Ethics Committee still conduct their investigation into Conyers? Should he still be punished if any injustice was done? Will taxpayers get a refund on the money used to cover up his sex crimes?