Long-time pro-abortion Congressman John Conyers is resigning from Congress after multiple allegations of sexual harassment and using taxpayer funds to settle one of the sexual harassment claims he faced. He will not run for re-election and will give up his seat.
Conyers, 88, settled a complaint in 2015 to the tune of $27,000 with a former staffer who says she got fired for not “succumbing to his advancements.” His office reportedly settled it with taxpayer dollars.
Conyers denies the allegations and insists they only settled with the accuser to avoid a court battle but a second woman eventually came forward with other sexual harassment allegations. The second accuser, in a totally separate case, is a former scheduler who claims the Democrat tried to touch her “repeatedly and daily,” according to court documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.
These unwanted advances eventually resulted in “insomnia, anxiety, depression and chest pains.” Yet, the accuser dropped the lawsuit after a motion to seal the complaint was denied.
Now, the abortion activist is calling it quits and Conyers will endorse his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in Congress.
“I am retiring today,” Conyers told “The Mildred Gaddis Show” Tuesday morning. “I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support — the incredible, undiminished support I’ve received across the years from my supporters, not only in my district, but across the country as well.”
Conyers tipped his hand early on in the interview by announcing he is supporting his son to replace his seat. He also continued to refute the allegations of sexual improprieties that have surfaced in recent weeks.
“My legacy will continue through my children,” Conyers said. “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.”
“They are not accurate or they aren’t true,” he said of the allegations. “They are something that I can’t explain where they came from.”
The longtime Michigan Democrat said, however, he disagrees with the idea that the allegations will harm his legacy after 52 years in the House.
He told the host “this too shall pass.”
“Oh, absolutely not,” Conyers said. “My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in anyway by what we’re going through now. This too shall pass.”
Ironically, Conyers once said a ban on Conyers sex-selection abortions “tramples the rights of women.”
“It limits a woman’s right to choose and jeopardizes her access to safe, legal medical care,” he claimed.
Another Democrat, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is facing his own set of sexual harassment claims after radio host Leeann Tweeden published photos of him pretending to grope her on a 2006 USO tour. She says he also tried to forcibly kiss her. Franken has faced additional allegations as well.