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Rep. Conyers' Lawyer: He's 'Not Going to Be Forced Out of Office'

Rep. Conyers' Lawyer: He's 'Not Going to Be Forced Out of Office'
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:31 PM

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers refuses to be "forced out of office" and will not resign amid sexual harassment allegations against him, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Three House Democrats have called on him to step down, including Reps. Kathleen Rice of New York, Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, The Detroit News noted. Former Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland also called for his resignation.

'He's not going to be forced out of office, and no one has told him he has to leave," Conyers' lawyer, Arnold Reed, told the news outlet. "He has not indicated he's going to resign at this point."

Reed said he met Wednesday with Conyers at his home.

"We had a great talk," Reed said. "We talked about how he's doing and how these allegations have affected his family. The congressman will make any decision he feels is right in due course."

The 88-year-old Conyers returned to Detroit on Tuesday night after several Congressional Black Caucus members reportedly encouraged him to resign amid an ethics probe into the harassment accusations and possible misuse of his office budget to pay out a settlement in 2015.

The lawyer also criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who called Conyers an "icon" Sunday only to tweet later "no matter how great an individual's legacy, it is not a license for harassment."

"This is a desperate attempt to try to cover yourself and make yourself look good and try to convince the American public that you're really concerned about these women who have these unsubstantiated allegations at the expense of my client," Reed told the news outlet.

Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, has vehemently denied the accusations and said he would cooperate with an Ethic Committee investigation. He stepped down as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee on Sunday.

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Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers' lawyer said Wednesday his client will not resign amid sexual harassment allegations against him and refuses to be "forced out of office."
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