Governor to call election to fill Conyers' seat

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Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the subject of a number of recent sexual harassment and abuse allegations, announced on a local radio show Tuesday morning that he would be retiring from the House immediately.

On Monday, a woman who said she worked for him for more than a decade said he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, said Friday the congressman will decide in the next few days whether to resign, stay in office through the end of his term, or seek re-election next year. He endorsed his son John Conyers III to succeed him.

"Seattle's Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who served with Conyers on the House Judiciary Committee, demanded his resignation a week ago, saying there should be "'zero tolerance' for sexual harassment". Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal claim in 2015 with a former employee who said he fired her because she said no to his sexual advances.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now", said the congressman, who has denied any wrongdoing.

The affidavit backs up the statements Grubbs' cousin Marion Brown previously made and details years of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from the pol.

"This is the first of several affidavits I will be releasing describing allegations that you sexually harassed staffers and covered up complaints", Bloom tweeted.

Conyers, 88, is already facing a House Ethics Committee inquiry. He returned home from Washington, D.C. Tuesday night.

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

"I think there should be a complete disclosure and revealing to all the citizens in the country what federal legislatures are doing or not doing - and any cost that may have incurred as a result of that", Conyers said.

Conyers called the events leading to his early retirement "a game of politics", but said he and his family are taking what has happened in stride and they are dealing with it and will keep moving forward. "If we're going to raise this unholy and unlawful guillotine, calling for the head of John Conyers, then (an effort to remove) the president of the United States" must begin, he said.

Conyers also complained that he was not being afforded due process to defend himself, and cited his health problems as another factor in his decision.

They said the congressman is entitled to due process.

Melanie Sloan, a former Conyers aide and Washington lawyer, told The Washington Post last week that Conyers harassed and verbally abused her when she worked for his Washington office in the 1990s.

Since the allegations, both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Paul Ryan have called for Conyers to resign.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

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