Now facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, veteran Congressman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., announced he is retiring today.
On Monday, yet another allegation was lodged against Conyers, when a woman who said she worked for the congressman for more than a decade, Elisa Grubbs, 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.
Arnold Reed, attorney for Rep. John Conyers, holds up an image of Conyers and Marion Brown, one of the two women accusing the congressman of inappropriate behavior, as he addresses the media in Detroit on December 1. "We're calling for due process for every citizen, which also includes Congressman John Conyers by the same body which is supposed to uphold and defend due process".
The news comes after Conyers' great-nephew, 29-year old MI state Senator Ian Conyers, told CBS News' Jonathan Blakely he would be running for the elder Conyers' seat.
Conyers, who was first elected in 1964, easily won re-election previous year in the heavily Democratic 13th District.
"When Rep. Conyers inappropriately touched me like this", said Grubbs, as reported by the paper, "my eyes would pop out and I would be stunned in disbelief".More news: Honor 7X officially launched in India, pricing starts at Rs. 12999
Since the allegations, both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Paul Ryan have called for Conyers to resign.
As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to swirl around him, several of Conyers' congressional colleagues encouraged him to resign.
"His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health", Ian Conyers told the Times.
The news comes two weeks after at least six former female staffers accused Conyers of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior, and days after Conyers was hospitalized due to stress. That was followed up by calls for resignation by three of the other four Democratic members of the U.S. House from Michigan - Reps.
"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now", Conyers said. "We support the right to protect the constitutional rights of all involved". "Why is it that John Conyers is the only individual to be denied due process?" "This goes with the issue of politics, the game of politics which we're in".
Another woman has come forward claiming with sexual misconduct allegations against Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and Sen. I'm a co-sponsor on all of them.
When asked if Congress should "open the books" and share the names of all the members who are responsible for $7 million in sexual harassment lawsuits paid, Conyers said, "My answer is a strong, unequivocal, yes". He will now be leaving the seat he's held since 1965.