Supporters rally, demand due-process for US Rep. Conyers

Katrina Barker
December 6, 2017

"And I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support that...incredible, undiminished support I've received across the years of my supporters, not only in my district but across the country as well", Conyers said.

'The allegations against congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday are serious, disappointing and very credible, ' said Pelosi, a California representative who notably did not call for Conyers to go during a Sunday appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.

The House Ethics Committee is reviewing allegations of harassment against John Conyers.

Conyers is one of four sitting U.S. lawmakers hit by allegations of sexual misconduct in the wake of the claims targeting movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, which triggered a torrent of accusations against powerful figures in the worlds of entertainment, media and politics.

A third woman, Deanna Maher, said Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005, CNN reported last week. "These serial accusers have done this before".

Anthony was referring to allegations of sexual harassment leveled against President Donald Trump during his campaign for office. The report also includes four signed affidavits from former staff members.

Conyers was rushed to a hospital just as a former aide broke her silence for the first time and spoke on the record about her accusations Conyers sexually harassed her.

Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, will announce on Tuesday he does not plan to run for re-election, US media said following accusations of sexual harassment against the Michigan Democrat.

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

The Democratic lawmaker has been hospitalized for stress-related health reasons earlier this week after he felt dizzy and light-headed at his Detroit home.

"Oh, absolutely not", Conyers said.

Conyers also complained that he was not being afforded due process to defend himself, and cited his health problems as another factor in his decision.

"Whatever (the allegations) are, they are not accurate", he said.

FILE - In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing. In the political world, it's never that simple.

Conyers' announcement comes just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several other top Democrats called for Conyers to resign. Conyers has denied all the allegations, and on Tuesday, wrote the accusations off as "politics". Al Franken (D-MN). Last week, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) was also publicly named as the first sitting member of Congress known to have used a little-known Congressional account to settle an $84,000 sexual harassment claim brought by his former communications director in 2015.

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