After several accusations of sexual harassment and calls for Sen. John Conyers to retire, he finally announced Tuesday morning he would be doing just that. Rather than serve out the rest of his term in Congress, he will be retiring immediately. He has endorsed his son John Conyers III to run for his seat and replace him.
Conyers called into a radio show to announce the news. He said:
‘I am retiring today. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support.’
He called in from his hospital room where he has been receiving treatment for stress related to the scandal.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 5, 2017
Conyers is just one of many congressmen who have faced intense scrutiny after allegations of sexual harassment have been made public. Furthermore, it was found a secret fund existed that paid out settlements using taxpayer money.