Supporters rally, demand due-process for US Rep. Conyers

See ya. Drew Angerer  Getty

Now facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, veteran Congressman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., announced he is retiring today.

A woman who says she worked for U.S. Rep. John Conyers for more than a decade says 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. The group declined last week to call for his resignation, pitting its members against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who said he must leave Congress. The allegations spurred a House Ethics Committee investigation into Conyers' conduct.

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".

It will be up to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to set a date for a special election to pick someone to serve out the remaining year in Conyers' two-year term.

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 past year to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district in and around Detroit. State Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of Conyers' brother, said he plans to run for the seat. A lawyer for Conyers has repeatedly said the congressman denied wrongdoing and had no plans to resign, despite more calls from members of his own party.

The sexual harassment allegations against Conyers surfaced November 20 after BuzzFeed News reported he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint with an employee in 2015 for $27,000 in exchange for a confidentiality agreement and that he made advances toward female staffers, including requests for sexual favors, caressing their hands in a "sexually suggestive" way, and rubbing their legs and backs in an inappropriate manner while in the office or in public.

"This is the first of several affidavits I will be releasing describing allegations that you sexually harassed staffers and covered up complaints", Bloom tweeted.

Another victim of Conyers has come forward. MI state Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of John Conyers' brother, also says he plans to run.

Grubbs witnessed assault on other women.

John Conyers is finally planning to put an end to his congressional career as he faces down new allegations of groping.

Top Democrats, including Pelosi, have also called for.

Conyers became an icon during the civil rights movement.

In April 1968, four days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Conyers introduced the first bill proposing a holiday in his honor. "My client Marion Brown asks only for an acknowledgment and apology". I'm a co-sponsor on all of them.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

Related News:

  • Ireland to reluctantly collect tax windfall from Apple

    Ireland to reluctantly collect tax windfall from Apple

    The payments are expected to be made in the first quarter of 2018, according to Irish finance minister Paschal Donohoe . Whether or not the original ruling gets overturned remains to be seen.
    NASA fires Voyager 1's thrusters for first time in 37 years

    NASA fires Voyager 1's thrusters for first time in 37 years

    Now, nearly four decades later, they've come back to life without a hitch to take over for the failing attitude control thrusters. Voyager 1 will switch back to its other thrusters once the probe no longer has enough power for the heaters, officials said.
    Giants, Cardinals 'in the Dark,' Longshot Team Out on Giancarlo Stanton

    Giants, Cardinals 'in the Dark,' Longshot Team Out on Giancarlo Stanton

    The right fielder has a full no-trade clause as part of the 13-year, $325 million contract he signed with Miami in 2014. But for luxury tax reasons, the Dodgers are unable to dive completely into trade talks with the Marlins this winter.
  • Texas A&M officially introduces Jimbo Fisher as new head coach

    Texas A&M officially introduces Jimbo Fisher as new head coach

    OR coach Willie Taggart, a Bradenton native and former USF coach, is among few known candidates for the job. Fisher seemed to hint that wasn't the case at Florida State.
    Facebook launches Messenger Kids app - but parents vet chat contacts

    Facebook launches Messenger Kids app - but parents vet chat contacts

    Google in March introduced Family Link, which allows parents to set up kid-friendly Google accounts for children under 13. The reasoning behind this, says Facebook, is to avoid forcing parents and other relatives to download an extra app.
    Selena Gomez Confirms Relationship With Justin Bieber

    Selena Gomez Confirms Relationship With Justin Bieber

    Selena Gomez has always been the Queen of beauty experimentation, especially when it comes to hairstyles. Justin looked super casual in a baggy grey t-shirt and black shorts with some cool striped kicks.
  • HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835)

    HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835)

    As with the outgoing Snapdragon 835 , Samsung is the fabrication partner, and the 845 will be built on the company's 10nm process. HP didn't provide any pricing information for the Envy x2, but it did say that customers can expect to buy it next spring.
    Irish foreign minister says Brexit border breakthrough possible today

    Irish foreign minister says Brexit border breakthrough possible today

    Juncker first met with Brexit experts from the European Parliament, which will eventually have to endorse any departure deal. Mr Juncker insisted that a deal could still be reached this week, having described Mrs May as a "tough negotiator".
    Huskies to face Penn State in Fiesta Bowl

    Huskies to face Penn State in Fiesta Bowl

    Washington: The Huskies also were in the CFP picture before a surprising loss to unranked Arizona State. Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley will lead the Nittnay Lions against a stout Washington defense.
  • Trump urging longest-serving Republican senator to run for re-election

    Trump urging longest-serving Republican senator to run for re-election

    Utah polls show that big majorities of voters want Hatch to retire and that Romney would easily win the seat. A spokesman for Hatch says the senator plans to announce a final decision by the end of the year.
    Portland Metro Saturday Weather: Rain, it is inevitable

    Portland Metro Saturday Weather: Rain, it is inevitable

    Fog shouldn't be as widespread but some patchy dense areas will be possible through sunrise as temperatures start off in the 60s. Tonight will remain very mild, with rain showers and possibly even a couple of rumbles of December thunder crossing the area.
    Ohio State University does not make College Football Playoff

    Ohio State University does not make College Football Playoff

    The Sooners haven't been ranked worse than No. 5 since the selection committee unveiled their initial 2017 rankings in Week 10. It will go up against overwhelming Heisman Trophy favorite Baker Mayfield and a Sooner offense that is the best in America.


Most liked

Olympics: Russia Can Compete as Neutral
Some Russian officials have threatened to boycott if the International Olympic Committee delivered such a severe punishment. Grigory Rodchenkov , who risked so much to tell this story, and support all those who are willing to speak truth to power.

Mueller's Trump Finances Subpoena Was Never Sent, Here's Why
In October, Manafort pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy against the United States. But the fact that Mueller is looking at Deutsche Bank means his probe is reaching the very heart of Trump's financial life.

Shohei Ohtani narrows list to seven teams
Passan reported Saturday that Seattle has asked players to clear their schedules to travel to Los Angeles and meet with Ohtani. According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, the Giants are meeting with Japanese star Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles on Monday.

UAE applauds military campaign by Yemen ex-president against Houthis
A senior official with Yemen's internationally-recognized government confirmed to The Associated Press that Saleh had been killed. But in recent months, the alliance frayed amid Houthi suspicions Saleh was leaning towards the Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi.