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12/05/2017, 15:33:23

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Rep. John Conyers announces retirement, endorses son to run for seat

Emily Tillett

Embattled Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan,
has announced Tuesday that he is retiring and has endorsed his son,
John Conyers III to run for his seat. Conyers' lawyer confirmed that the
retirement is effective immediately.

"My legacy can't be
compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now.
This too shall pass," said Conyers on a local Michigan radio station
Tuesday morning. 

He added, "I want you to know that my legacy
will continue through my children. I have a great family here and
especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III who incidentally I
endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress."

Shortly after the
announcement,  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took to the House floor
to read a statement from Conyers. She said he asked her to read his
statement announcing his decision and that he's notified House Speaker
Paul Ryan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder of his
plans to step down.

"Given the totality of the circumstance of not
being afforded the right of due process in conjunction with current
health conditions, and to preserve my legacy and good name, I am
retiring. I hope my retirement will be viewed in the larger perspective
of my record of service as I enter a new chapter," the statement from
Conyers read.

CBS News obtained his retirement letter address to Speaker Ryan and Pelosi later Tuesday afternoon.

Conyers Retirement Letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi by News Team on Scribd

While Conyers maintains he would be retiring immediately,
CBS News' Steve Chaggaris reports that Conyers' resignation from the
House will trigger a special election to replace him to be called by the
governor, per Michigan law. That will take place as soon as the
Michigan governor's office receives his letter of resignation.

to Speaker Ryan's office, nothing has been received notifying Ryan of
his resignation. His resignation will not be effective until the office
receives the original letter announcing the resignation and a copy of
his signed letter to Governor Snyder. 

The news comes after
Conyers' great-nephew, 29-year old Michigan state Senator Ian Conyers,
told CBS News' Jonathan Blakely he would be running for the elder
Conyers' seat. 

According to a phone interview with The New York
Times, the state senator was adamant that the elder Conyers was not
resigning, but retiring instead. The 88-year-old Democrat is the
longest-serving current House member.

"His doctor advised him that
the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms
of his health,"  Ian Conyers told the Times. 

He added that he
believed his great-uncle's constituents in Michigan would continue to
support him and the rest of the family "as we continue to fight, as we
have for leading up to a century."  

The move comes amid numerous calls, including from Democratic leadership, for Conyers to step down in light of allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against him.  

was the first news outlet to report last week about a settlement
Conyers made with a former staffer who had accused him of sexual
misconduct. Conyers eventually acknowledged the settlement, but denied
wrongdoing. Another former staff member accused Conyers of sexual
misconduct and filed a lawsuit, but dropped the suit when the court
refused to seal the case. 

Speaking on the Mildred Gaddis radio show, Conyers said he's taking the allegations "in stride."

goes with the issue of politics. The game of politics which we're in,
we take what happens, we deal with it, we pass on and move on forward as
we keep going trying to make as much as we can of this tremendous
opportunity that's been given to me for so long," said Conyers on

Ian Conyers did not go into detail with the Times on the
allegations against his family member, but said he would stand with

"I stand with my uncle in terms of his belief of no specific
wrongdoing," he said. "However, those things need to have their day in

The elder Conyers, however, continued to deny the allegations leveled against him. 

they are they are not accurate, they are not true, and I think that
they are something that I can't explain where they came from," said Rep.

Following news of the allegations, Conyers was hospitalized in Detroit for a stress-related illness, according to his lawyer Arnold Reed.

revelations against Conyers came amid a flurry of allegations of sexual
misconduct against several of his colleagues in both the House and
Senate, including Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Blake Farenthold, R-Texas,
and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota.  

When asked if Congress should
disclose the details of settlements made by other lawmakers in cases of
sexual misconduct or harassment, Conyers replied with "a strong,
unequivocal yes."

"I think there should be a complete disclosure
and revealing to all of the citizens of the country of what your federal
legislators are doing or not doing and any cost that may have been
incurred as a result of that," added Conyers.

Conyers has already stepped down from his leadership position as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee late last month. He will now be leaving the seat he's held since 1965.

CBS News' Rebecca Kaplan and Catherine Reynolds contributed to this report. 


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