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Michigan Dem John Conyers Resigns Following Sexual Harassment Claims

John Conyers, a Democratic Michigan Rep. who’s served as a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary since 1995, has stepped down from his position after sexual assault allegations surfaced, BuzzFeed reports.

CNN reports that Conyers decided to resign after many have urged him to leave his House position. After all, the ongoing investigation regarding the accusations against him is more important than anything else right now (especially since the claims involved former coworkers).

Conyers initially announced his decision to temporarily step down from the House on Nov. 26. In his official statement, he said, “I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics.” 

Cleary, Conyers’ successful career is at risk, seeing as he’s been a congressman for 27 terms (though that also means he has a lot of power that he could’ve abused); however, it seems a bit outlandish that he tries to blame these claims on an alt-right conspiracy blogger (especially since one of the women who came forward was one of his former aides).

Nevertheless, plent of folks are wondering what’s going to happen to Conyers’ role during his leave (or permanent retirement, depending on the outcome of the investigation). Thankfully, Conyers’ seat won’t be empty for long. During Conyers’ (maybe) temporary resignation, he endorsed his son, John Conyers III.

Despite the obvious nepotism, it might not be best to take recommendations from someone who is currently being accused of sexual assault and misconduct. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of qualified candidates who could take over Conyers’ duties.

Although Conyers still denies that any of these allegations are true, it’s probably best that he stepped down from his position (or at least it’s better than a certain Senate nominee who continues to campaign or the people still who blatantly support him, regardless of the accusations). Regardless, we hope that the House will keep us updated regarding this ongoing investigation.

Chelsea is the Health Editor and How She Got There Editor for Her Campus. In addition to editing articles about mental health, women's health and physical health, Chelsea contributes to Her Campus as a Feature Writer, Beauty Writer, Entertainment Writer and News Writer. Some of her unofficial, albeit self-imposed, responsibilities include arguing about the Oxford comma, fangirling about other writers' articles, and pitching Her Campus's editors shamelessly nerdy content (at ambiguously late/early hours, nonetheless). When she isn't writing for Her Campus, she is probably drawing insects, painting with wine or sobbing through "Crimson Peak." Please email any hate, praise, tips, or inquiries to [email protected]
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