Conyers Rally: Give Him Due Process; What About Trump?
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 06, 2017,
Dec 06, 2017, 0:26
Democratic Rep. John Conyers will reportedly not seek re-election after multiple women claimed he sexually harassed them including a former staffer, according to a new report released Tuesday.
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.
Conyers" attorney Arnold Reed told the Detroit Free Press the new allegations from Grubbs are "another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein's attorney'.
The veteran lawmaker said that he is also endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to fill his seat.
The minority leader had spent a few days prior to November 26 working with Conyers and other Congressional Black Caucus members on how to "lay groundwork for him to step aside gracefully", the aide told NPR's Scott Detrow.
MI state Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of John Conyers' brother, told The New York Times for a story Tuesday that he plans to run for the 13th District congressional seat.
Conyers, who was first elected in 1964 and went on to become a founding member in 1971 of the Congressional Black Caucus, easily won re-election a year ago to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district in and around Detroit.
Shortly after the announcement, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took to the House floor to read a statement from Conyers. Conyers, facing sexual misconduct allegations, has refused to step down even after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged the veteran Democrat from Detroit to do so.
One of them, Marion Brown, last week broke a non-disclosure agreement that she signed after receiving a settlement, reported to be $27,000, when she left her job in Conyers's office, saying she "felt compelled" to speak out. The interview on the Mildred Gaddis radio show is still ongoing.
Conyers admitted to making the settlement, but denied firing a female staffer for refusing his sexual advances. He is the longest-serving member in the House.
"This goes with the issue of politics". "I think we have to recognize and be able to hold the dueling possibilities that somebody can be a great man and have done great things for our country and for civil rights but also have done awful things that require accountability". "I will have more on that soon".
The House Ethics Committee announced last week it has opened an investigation into allegations.
"Whatever they are they are not accurate, they are not true, and I think that they are something that I can't explain where they came from", said Rep. Conyers.
Gaddis asked Conyers to clarify what he meant. I'm a co-sponsor on all of them.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., a longtime co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus, said that the Conyers-backed left-wing bills - which had no chance of passage in this Congress - would be adopted by other members. He will now be leaving the seat he's held since 1965.