Veteran US Democrat John Conyers announced Tuesday he is leaving the House of Representatives after more than five decades in office, following a series of sexual harassment accusations by former staffers.
A number of fellow Democrats have called on Conyers to resign, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and fellow Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee.
Conyers last month stepped down from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee after acknowledging that in 2015 he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint, though the congressman denied the sexual misconduct accusations against him. Shortly thereafter, the RNC renewed their financial support of Roy Moore's campaign. A few days later, she finally stated she believed Conyers should resign. "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.
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. The committee's website lists Conyers still as a member.
"This goes with the issue of politics". Williams said. "We are saying, 'Hell no.' We want him to run for as long as his health allows".
"I was taught by a great woman, my mother, to honor women", Conyers wrote, according to the congresswoman. "However, those things need to have their day in court".
The House Ethics Committee - with authority to recommend any action up to expulsion - had launched an investigation against Conyers, but that was nullified once he left office on Tuesday.
Conyers, 88, confirmed the news on the Mildred Gaddis radio show, calling in from a hospital in Detroit recovering for a stress-related illness.
The elder Conyers, however, continued to deny the allegations leveled against him.
Several female former staffers have come forward in the past two weeks with damning allegations.
Republican congressman Joe Barton separately announced last week he would not seek re-election after a nude photograph of him taken while he was separated from his wife circulated online.
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". "They are not true and I think they are something that I can't explain where they came from".
Conyers, who was first elected in 1964 and went on to become a founding member in 1971 of the Congressional Black Caucus, easily won re-election a year ago to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district.