Conyers to announce he won’t seek reelection: report

Conyers to announce he won’t seek reelection: report
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Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersVA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses Hispanic Caucus dedicates Day of the Dead altar to migrants who died in US custody MORE Jr. (D-Mich.), who is embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal, will reportedly announce on Tuesday that he will not run for reelection next year.

The New York Times reported that Ian Conyers, a relative of the congressman who is also a state senator in Michigan, will run for his seat in the 13th Congressional District.

“He is not resigning. He is going to retire,” Ian Conyers told the newspaper. “His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health.”

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The report comes after the congressman stepped down from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee after acknowledging that he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015. But Conyers denied the sexual misconduct accusations against him. 

More women have come forward with other sexual misconduct accusations since the settlement first came to light. Both House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE (D-Calif.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Trump doubles down on Neil Cavuto attacks: 'Will he get the same treatment as' Shep Smith? Trump lashes out at Fox News coverage: 'I won every one of my debates' MORE (R-Wis.) have called on Conyers to step down amid the allegations.

The Detroit Free Press reported Monday that another accuser came forward saying the congressman touched her inappropriately at church.

“I stand with my uncle in terms of his belief of no specific wrongdoing,” Ian Conyers told The New York Times. “However, those things need to have their day in court.”