Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving US congressman, has announced that he will immediately resign from the House of Representatives amid allegations of sexual misconduct leveled by multiple women.
Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi informing them of his decision to step down from Congress as of Tuesday.
“I was taught by a great woman, my mother, to honor women,” Conyers wrote, according to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee who read the letter before the House.
“Given the totality of the circumstance of not being afforded the right of due process in conjunction with current health conditions and to preserve my legacy and good name, I am retiring,” the letter said.
Last month, Conyers admitted to settling a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who claims he sexually harassed her.
Media reports said at the time that the 88-year-old paid more than $27,000…