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Rep. John Conyers announces retirement amid sexual harassment claims

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FILE: Longtime Rep. John Conyers says he is retiring FILE: Longtime Rep. John Conyers says he is retiring

DETROIT (AP) - Rep. John Conyers, who has been battling sexual harassment allegations by former female staffers, said he is retiring.

Conyers told "The Mildred Gaddis Show" on WPZR-FM Tuesday that this will be his final two-year term. The 88-year-old Democrat said he is endorsing his son to take his seat in Congress.

Conyers, who was first elected in 1964, easily won re-election last year in the heavily Democratic 13th District.

The House Ethics Committee will likely continue to investigate Conyers. The ethics panel retains jurisdiction over Conyers as long as the 27-term Democrat remains in Congress, and a senior legislative aide said the normal course would be for the ethics inquiry to continue.

The aide spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the individual wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly.

Lisa Bloom, an attorney for one of Conyers's accusers, said her client, Marion Brown, "is ready, willing and able to testify as to her sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Conyers."

Among Conyers' accusers, Marion Brown said he repeatedly propositioned her for sex during more than a decade working for him. Elisa Grubbs, another former staffer, said he slid his hand up her skirt in church.

Brown reached a confidential settlement with Conyers over sexual harassment allegations, but broke the confidentiality agreement to speak publicly last week.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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