Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., announced Tuesday he is resigning from the House, effective immediately, amid allegations of sexual harassment and will endorse his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in Congress.
"I am retiring today," Conyers told "The Mildred Gaddis Show" Tuesday morning. "I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support — the incredible, undiminished support I've received across the years from my supporters, not only in my district, but across the country as well."
Conyers' lawyer, Arnold Reed, cleared up lingering confusion among reporters about when Conyers would step aside in a tweet later on Tuesday.
"The congressman's retirement is effective #Today," Reed tweeted.
Congressional leaders received his letter of resignation Tuesday afternoon.
Conyers tipped his hand early on in the interview by announcing he is supporting his son to replace his seat. He also continued to refute the allegations of sexual improprieties that have surfaced in recent weeks.
"My legacy will continue through my children," Conyers said. "I have a great family here, and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III, who incidentally I endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress."
"They are not accurate or they aren't true," he said of the allegations. "They are something that I can't explain where they came from."
The longtime Michigan Democrat said, however, he disagrees with the idea that the allegations will harm his legacy after 52 years in the House.
He told the host "this too shall pass."
"Oh, absolutely not," Conyers said. "My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in anyway by what we're going through now. This too shall pass."
Earlier Tuesday, The New York Times reported Conyers would indeed step down from his seat.
Despite Conyers endorsing of his son, Ian Conyers — Conyers' grand-nephew — has said he plans to run for the seat. Ian Conyers is a member of the Michigan Senate as of 2016.