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

Conyers called in to The Mildred Gaddis Show Tuesday morning from his hospital room with his attorney by his side. Conyers, facing sexual misconduct allegations, has refused to step down even after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged the veteran Democrat from Detroit to do so.

Conyers has continued to deny the women's accounts, and his lawyer said Conyers would not pay back the settlement money that was paid to Brown at taxpayer expense.

The House Ethics Committee last week opened an investigation into Conyers, 88, after he said his office had resolved a harassment case of a former staffer with a payment but no admission of guilt.

News of Conyers' departure comes amid a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations made against other members of Congress, including Sen.

Conyers has already stepped down from his leadership position as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee late last month.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan also called on Conyers to resign.

A woman who received a $27,000 confidential settlement, Marion Brown, described to NBC's Today last week her accusations against Conyers.

Described by supporters as an icon of liberal policymaking, Conyers was revered on Capitol Hill as a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Four other women have signed affidavits saying Conyers sexually harassed them when they worked for him as well.

The younger Conyers said that despite the accusations, he believes MI voters will reward his family's work in politics by electing him.

Firmly ensconced in his House seat, Conyers remained a reliable left-wing vote.

Top Democrats, including Pelosi, have also called for. He employed civil rights legend Rosa Parks at his Detroit district office for more than two decades.

In recent years, Conyers lent his name and clout to a series of progressive bills, not least the Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act. "We support the right to protect the constitutional rights of all involved". "They are not true and I think they are something that I can't explain where they came from". When Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., resigned in March 2010 amid allegations that he had groped and tickled male staffers, Gov. David Paterson, D, put the replacement election on the November ballot. Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) to resign after BuzzFeed reported that, as a candidate, Kihuen allegedly sexually harassed his campaign finance director.

Conyers' potential resignation was raised in a statement by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La. "He pointed to areas of, genital areas of his body, and asked me to, you know, touch it".


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