MI congressman John Conyers accused of sexually harassing staffer and her cousin

06 December, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Conyers has denied any wrongdoing. "The other accuser is Grubbs' cousin, the Free Press noted".

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

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.

As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to swirl around him, several of Conyers' congressional colleagues encouraged him to resign.

"It is not up to Nancy Pelosi", attorney Arnold Reed told reporters at a news conference late last month.

Reed has said Conyers' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat.

"It was sexual harassment, violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business and then propositioning me for sex", Brown told NBC. The report also includes four signed affidavits from former staff members.

Wounded by the mounting accusations, and well aware of the potential implications for Democrats' efforts to win congressional seats in next year's mid-term elections, the party's congressional leadership last week called for Conyers to resign.

Speaking from an unnamed hospital where he reportedly was being treated for stress-related complications, the longest-serving member of Congress maintained that the allegations against him "are not true", and that he could not explain their origin.


Conyers is expected to make the announcement on a local radio show, the New York Times reported citing a relative.

"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.

"Whatever (the allegations) are, they are not accurate", he said.

But Conyers, who took his MI seat in 1965 and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, insisted that his record would not be tarnished by the accusations. In the political world, it's never that simple.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

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".

The 88-year-old liberal from Detroit becomes the highest-ranking figure in Washington to be brought down by the sexual misconduct allegations that have toppled powerful men in Hollywood, the media and politics in recent weeks.

Ian Conyers told the newspaper that his great-uncle - the longest-serving current U.S. House member - "is not resigning".

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