Dec 6, 2017

More accusers come forward against John Conyers

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) submitted his resignation yesterday amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

A former office intern described her accusations to the Washington Post while Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) was hospitalized in Detroit, and Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom tweeted that she had affadavits from several other accusers that planned to make public.

Why it matters: Conyers officially submitted his resignation on Tuesday, which ended the House ethics probe on his alleged misconduct. But this means the revelations aren't finished.

The latest allegations:

  • Courtney Morse, 36, told the Post that she was a 20-year-old college student when Conyers propositioned her for sex. Morse said she quit her internship after rejecting his advances. Following Conyers resignation, Morse said she thinks the 88-year-old took the "easy way out," adding that she thinks he resigned to escape further scrutiny.
  • Elisa Grubbs, who worked for Conyers from 2001 to 2013, said in an affadavit released by Bloom that the congressman used to sit "close to me while stroking and rubbing my thighs." She described one instance when Conyers slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while sat in the front frow of a church. On a separate occassion, Grubbs said Conyers came out of a bathroom "completely naked" while knowing she was in the room.

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Minneapolis unrest as hundreds protest death of George Floyd

Tear gas is fired as police clash with protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd outside the 3rd Precinct Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Minneapolis police used tear gas during clashes with protesters demanding justice Tuesday night for George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody, according to multiple news reports.

Driving the news: The FBI is investigating Floyd's death after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck for several minutes, ignoring protests that he couldn't breathe. Hundreds of protesters attended the demonstration at the intersection where Floyd died, per the Guardian.