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Conyers is retiring; endorses his son for the seat

FILE -- In this file photo from Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., attends a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the top Democrat in the House, said today, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, that Conyers should resign, saying the accusations are "very credible." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Longtime Rep. John Conyers announced his retirement during a radio interview this morning.

Conyers also endorsed his son to replace him in Congress.

The 88-year-old Democrat told "The Mildred Gaddis Show" on WPZR-FM on Tuesday that this will be his final two-year term.

Ian Conyers, the grandson of John Conyers' brother, earlier said his great-uncle would not run for re-election and that he would run for his seat in Washington, D.C.

Conyers, who was first elected in 1964, easily won re-election last year in the heavily Democratic 13th District.

The House Ethics Committee has been reviewing multiple harassment allegations against Conyers.

Among Conyers' accusers, Marion Brown said he repeatedly propositioned her for sex during more than a decade working for him. Elisa Grubbs, another former staffer, says he slid his hand up her skirt in church.



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Rep. Conyers to make big announcement Tuesday morning

U.S. Representative John Conyers is expected to make a big announcement Tuesday morning.

Rep. Conyers says he will call into a Detroit radio show for that announcement at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

A relative of Conyers told the New York Times he will not be running for re-election, and instead his grand nephew will run for his seat in 2018.

This comes as Conyers faces allegations of sexual harassment from a number of former staffers. He is the longest serving member of the House of Representatives.

Conyers has already stepped down as the top democrat on the judiciary committee amid the allegations he sexually harassed former employees. He has also been facing pressure to resign.

Ian Conyers, 29, is the grandson of John Conyers' brother. He told the New York Times he plans to run for the seat held by his 88-year-old great uncle. He says the Detroit Democrat is going to retire because doctors say a campaign would be too much for his health.

At a rally in Detroit Monday, dozens of political, religious and civil rights leaders gathered asking for due process for the Congressman.



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