Conyers submits official letter of resignation

Conyers submits official letter of resignation
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Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersFormer impeachment managers clash over surveillance bill VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) on Tuesday submitted his official letter of resignation to House leaders.

"I have made the decision to retire from my position as the Member of the United House of Representatives from Michigan's Thirteenth Congressional District effective today," Conyers wrote in the letter, addressed to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on Attacking the Affordable Care Act in the time of COVID-19 DC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill MORE (D-Calif.).

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Speaking to a local radio station earlier Tuesday, Conyers announced his plans to step down from Congress amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment.

During the interview, he was defiant in both maintaining his innocence and defending a legacy he insisted "can't be compromised or diminished."

“This too shall pass,” Conyers told radio host Mildred Gaddis.

“And I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children.” 

Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him, setting up a potential Conyers family showdown for the seat. The lawmaker's great-nephew, Ian Conyers, told The New York Times recently that he also plans to enter the race. 

Multiple women have accused Conyers of sexual misconduct and both Pelosi and Ryan had previously called for Conyers to step down.