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Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) announced on Tuesday that he is retiring from Congress amid mounting sexual miscount allegations.
Conyers told a Detroit-area radio station that he is also endorsing his son, John Conyers III, for his seat. And while Conyers is stepping down as allegations of sexual misconduct continue to pile up, the long-time lawmaker claimed a relative's doctor suggested a campaign would not be good for his health.
“I am retiring today,” Conyers said.
During the interview, Conyers maintained his innocence and added that his legacy, which includes co-founding the Congressional Black Caucus, is not in jeopardy following the numerous claims of sexual misconduct that have emerged against him recently.
“They're not accurate, they're not true and they're something I can't explain where they came from,” Conyers told Mildred Gaddis on her Detroit radio show.
“My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now. This too shall pass ... My legacy will continue through my children,” Conyers added.
The news follows calls for Conyers to resign, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who at first appeared to back Conyers amid the claims and later called for him to step down as more allegations came to light. "The allegations against Conyers, we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing, and very credible,” Pelosi said. “Congressman Conyers should resign.”
Listen to Conyers make the announcement below, via CNN.