- Prominent clergy, Detroit elected leaders and community activists said Monday that they will go to the White House and U.S. House of Representatives - if necessary - to demand due process for Rep. John Conyers who faces allegations of sexual harassment from several women who once worked for him.
Conyers called in to The Mildred Gaddis Show Tuesday morning from his hospital room with his attorney by his side.
In the latest turn in the case, another accuser, Elisa Grubbs, says Conyers slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.
Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, said Friday the congressman will decide in the next few days whether to resign, stay in office through the end of his term, or seek re-election next year. In his interview, he also endorsed his son to replace him.
Conyers, 88, is already facing a House Ethics Committee inquiry. Such behavior "was a regular part of life while working in the office of Rep. Conyers", she said. She said he asked her to read his statement announcing his decision and that he's notified House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder of his plans to step down. He also was accused of harassment by ethics lawyer Melanie Sloan and sexual harassment by former staff member Deanna Maher.
The other lawmakers are Senate Democrat Al Franken, House Democrat Ruben Kihuen, and House Republican Blake Farenthold.
Conyers, however, has steadfastly denied the claims, saying he hasn't harassed anyone and that the $27,000 payment to former staffer Marion Brown - who broke a non-disclosure agreement by speaking publicly last week - was a severance payment to her for her years of service, not as an any admission he did anything wrong.
Grubbs came forward as Conyers is expected to speak on a Detroit radio show Tuesday about his future.
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"Whatever they are they are not accurate, they are not true, and I think that they are something that I can't explain where they came from", said Rep. Conyers.
"I think there should be a complete disclosure and revealing to all of the citizens of the country of what your federal legislators are doing or not doing and any cost that may have been incurred as a result of that", added Conyers.
The rally at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on James Couzens in Detroit comes as some members of the media and Congress have called for Conyers to resign. He will now be leaving the seat he's held since 1965.
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