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06 December 2017, 12:25 | Rufus Hill
Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan stepped down as ranking member of Judiciary Committee amid sexual harassment investigation
Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a almost 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the nation's workplaces.
John Conyers returned to Detroit from Washington last week and was hospitalized on Wednesday after complaining that he felt light-headed.
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. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders called for his resignation.
The House Ethics Committee - with authority to recommend any action up to expulsion - had launched an investigation against Conyers, but that was nullified once he left office on Tuesday.
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".
Conyers, who was first elected in 1964, easily won re-election past year in the heavily Democratic 13th District.
Firmly ensconced in his House seat, Conyers remained a reliable left-wing vote.
Conyers, has admitted to paying a settlement to a former staffer but denies her sexual harassment allegations. "This too shall pass", said Conyers on a local MI radio station Tuesday morning. He has already stepped aside from his position as ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"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".
"Oh, absolutely not", Conyers said.
He also hired civil rights heroine Rosa Parks to serve on his congressional staff in his Detroit office.
At least two other women who worked for him have accused him of sexual misconduct. In the affidavit, Grubbs said Brown told her, "That SOB just wanted me to have sex with him".
In April 1968, four days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Conyers introduced the first bill proposing a holiday in his honor. Six years later, he became the top Democrat on Judiciary. "Systemic change is urgently needed so no other women have to endure the retaliation, secrecy and delays my client Marion Brown and others experienced".
Conyers' potential resignation was raised in a statement by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La.
"I think that we lose our moral authority if we also don't call out those we love who have done things that are bad", said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. "We support the right to protect the constitutional rights of all involved".
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