>> I am retiring today.>> Fighting multiple accusations of sexual harassment, Michigan Congressman John Conyers announced his retirement Tuesday effective immediately and endorsed his son to replace him. Conyers sudden exit after over five decades in Washington comes less than a month after BuzzFeed revealed Conyers had agreed to a settlement with a former staffer who claimed he fired her for refusing his sexual advances.
Several other woman have come forward with similar accusations.>> Conyers, who is 88 years old, made the announcement in an interview with a Detroit radio station, his first since being hospitalized for reported stress.>> I want everyone to know how much I appreciated the support, the incredible, undiminished support I've received across the years.
>> Conyers has faced increasing calls to resign from Democrats, including House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi. But he refused to say he was resigning under pressure and continued to deny the accusations against him.>> Whatever they are, they are not accurate.>> First elected in 1964, Conyers is the longest serving member of Congress and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
>> My legacy will continue through my children.>> While Conyers wants his son John Conyers III to replace him, his great nephew, Michigan State Senator Ian Conyers has also expressed interest in the seat.