Report: Rep. John Conyers Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2018
According to a local Michigan ABC affiliate, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) will not seek re-election amid accusations of sexual harassment from multiple women.
The ABC affiliate station reported on Wednesday that Conyers will no longer seek re-election.
Multiple women accused Conyers of sexual harassment, and while the Michigan Democrat continues to deny any wrongdoing, he admitted to a $27,000 settlement with a former congressional staffer in 2015.
According to documents from a wrongful termination complaint and four signed affidavits from former staffers, Conyers made repeated unwanted sexual advances towards his female staffers.
The House Ethics Committee signaled that it will investigate Rep. Conyers.
Although, until recently, he has resisted urges from fellow Democrats to step down, Conyers recently resigned from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.
Conyers is the longest-serving active member of Congress and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), another member of the Black Caucus, compared Congressman John Conyers’ accusers to child murderer Susan Smith, who falsely claimed a black man abducted her kids.
Clyburn argued that these accusations of sexual misconduct may not be credible because all of the accusations come from white women.