Supporters rally, demand due-process for US Rep. Conyers

- Prominent clergy, Detroit elected leaders and community activists said Monday that they will go to the White House and U.S. House of Representatives -- if necessary -- to demand due process for Rep. John Conyers who faces allegations of sexual harassment from several women who once worked for him.

Dozens of people attended a rally at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.

"We are here for due process," said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP. "We are a nation of laws. We're calling for due process for every citizen, which also includes Congressman John Conyers by the same body which is supposed to uphold and defend due process."

The 88-year-old congressman is facing several sexual harassment allegations from former staff members. Conyers has denied any wrongdoing.

The Democratic lawmaker has been hospitalized for stress-related health reasons earlier this week after he felt dizzy and light-headed at his Detroit home. He returned home from Washington, D.C. Tuesday night.  Details about his condition have not been released. 

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Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, said Friday the congressman will decide in the next few days whether to resign, stay in office through the end of his term, or seek re-election next year.

"We will discuss in the next day or so what Mr. Conyers plans to do. As you know his health is not the best. It's not what it should be," Reed said. "It will be Congressman John Conyers who decides what it is he is going to do."

A number of fellow Democrats have called on Conyers to resign, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and fellow Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has also urged Conyers to step down.

Conyers was first elected to the House in 1964. He's been re-elected 25 times since and is the longest-serving current member of Congress, and the fourth-longest serving member of the House in history. 

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Buzzfeed News reported on Nov. 20 that Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances. The report also includes four signed affidavits from former staff members.

FOX 2 discovered more recent claims, including a lawsuit filed earlier this year by a woman hired to be his scheduler. She claimed while in the office he made inappropriate comments, rubbed her shoulders, kissed her forehead, and tried to hold her hand.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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