Conyers’ legacy no ‘license to harass’

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against Rep. John Conyers (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

The top House Democrat says Michigan Rep. John Conyers has had a consequential tenure in Congress, “but no matter how great the legacy, it is no license to harass or discriminate.”

In a statement Tuesday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the women who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment were “owed the justice of this announcement.”

Pelosi had called on Conyers to step down amid allegations of sexual harassment by former members of his staff.

She says Congress must now work on legislation to create greater transparency and accountability when it comes to reporting and resolving harassment cases.

Pelosi said “I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well.”


3:45 p.m.

The House clerk has read Democratic Rep. John Conyers’ letter of resignation on the floor of the chamber.

In the letter, Conyers says: “I have made the decision to retire from my position as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan’s Thirteenth Congressional District effective today.”

Conyers first was elected in 1964. He announced his retirement Tuesday morning on a Detroit radio talk show.

That leaves the 435-member House with two vacancies. This past summer, Republican Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania resigned after the anti-abortion lawmaker allegedly urged his mistress to end a pregnancy.

Some in the House had been urging the 88-year-old Conyers to resign following sexual harassment and inappropriate touching allegations by several women who had worked for him.


3:15 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will call a special election to fill out John Conyers’ term in the U.S. House after the lawmaker retired amid sexual harassment allegations by former staff members.

Spokeswoman Anna Heaton says Snyder’s office will look at a timetable for that process once it receives a letter of resignation that officially creates the vacancy.

She says the Republican governor has wide discretion as to the timing of the special election.

The 88-year-old Conyers also submitted his decision to retire in a one-sentence letter Tuesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi and Ryan had called for Conyers to resign.

Conyers on Tuesday endorsed his son, John Conyers III, for the seat. Michigan state Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of John Conyers’ brother, also says he plans to run.


12:35 p.m.

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