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Conyers submits official letter of resignation

Conyers submits official letter of resignation
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Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersFormer campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Kavanaugh controversy has led to politicization of 'Me Too,' says analyst Sexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points 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 RyanMeghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family Atheist group argues in court for prayer rights on House floor Small-dollar donations explode in the Trump era MORE (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Democratic candidate denounces attack ads on rap career 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.