Democratic Rep. John Conyers on Detroit radio: ‘I am retiring today’

Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, announced Tuesday that he is retiring and is backing his son to replace him in Congress.

The veteran congressman told a Detroit radio station the allegations against him were part of the “game of politics” and endorsed his son, John Conyers III.

Conyers made the announcement Tuesday morning from a Detroit hospital during a phone interview on “The Mildred Gaddis Show,” on the Detroit station 102.7 FM, in which he said the accusations against him will “absolutely not” affect his legacy.

“My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now. This too shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children,” Conyers said. “…I’m retiring today.”

But then he said he’s “in the process of putting my retirement plans together,” making it .

“We take these in stride. This goes with the issue of politics, the game of politics, which we’re in. … We move forward as we keep going …,” he said of the accusations of sexual harassment by former congressional staffers. “This, too, shall pass.”

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