Multiple reports are coming out that 88-year-old Democrat Rep. John Conyers (MI) will be announcing the end of his political career. Reuters confirmed this as shown below:
U.S. congressman Conyers to retire after harassment accusations: reports https://t.co/nK03KXtaPH
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) December 5, 2017
According to a recent report by Daily Mail, sources close to Conyers told a local news station that he won’t officially resign from his seat, following a plethora of harassment allegations against him. And sure enough, that looks to be the case as he seeks to end his career in less dramatic fashion by retiring.
Conyers is currently facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment from women. It is also alleged by one of the women that he paid her off with money from taxpayers, which Conyers has admitted to saying it was ‘severance pay.’
His lawyer, Arnold Reid made the following statement per Daily Mail’s report:
“He’s going to fight these allegations tooth and nail if he has to with evidence, with documentation, witnesses, whatever he has to do. And the accusers will have to prove up their case.”
If this all pans out, Conyers will be the second senior Democrat Congressman to opt out of re-election, following reports that Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) also plans to not run in 2018.
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