Legendary congressman John Conyers retires amid pleas for him to stay

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Conyers last month stepped down from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee after acknowledging that in 2015 he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint, though the congressman denied the sexual misconduct accusations against him.

More than 200 people showed up for a rally Monday morning in northwest Detroit to support embattled Congressman John Conyers, insisting he deserves due process regarding allegations of sexual harassment.

"I am retiring today", Conyers said.

The veteran lawmaker said that he is also endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to fill his 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 previous year to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district.

John Conyers was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and has served in the House since 1965.

While Democrats appear to be taking sexual harassment allegations seriously-even those filed against congressmen with so much power and sway they were considered "untouchable"-yesterday Donald Trump endorsed an alleged child molester (and confirmed bigot/theocrat/racist) running for the Senate in Alabama". Pelosi and Ryan had called for Conyers to resign.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now", Conyers said.

A number of fellow Democrats have called on Conyers to resign, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and fellow Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee.

He continued to deny that he has harassed any of his former employees and said he did not know where the allegations came from. "This too shall pass", he said, calling in from a local hospital. He's been re-elected 25 times since and is the longest-serving current member of Congress, and the fourth-longest serving member of the House in history.

The Democratic lawmaker has been hospitalized for stress-related health reasons earlier this week after he felt dizzy and light-headed at his Detroit home.

Deanna Maher, who ran a MI office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, has also accused him of sexual misconduct.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations of harassment and inappropriate touching by women who once worked for Conyers, including claims by Marion Brown who could testify later this week before the committee. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and Sen. Bloom previously represented Hollywood executive Weinstein, who is accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women.

"I think there should be a complete disclosure and revealing to all of the citizens of the country of what your federal legislators are doing or not doing and any cost that may have been incurred as a result of that", added Conyers. Conyers was called the unofficial "dean of the House" and was its longest-serving member until his announcement.

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