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Arizona Republican Trent Franks Resigns From House Immediately

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Friday, 08 December 2017 03:51 PM

Arizona Republican Trent Franks said Friday he’s resigning from the House immediately, moving up his earlier plan to leave at the end of January amid an ethics investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

The news comes as a former aide to Franks has told the Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate.

The former staffer said the congressman asked at least four times if she'd be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. Franks, in his statement announcing his resignation, said he and his wife have struggled with infertility.

The Associated Press verified the identity of the staffer, who asked that her name be withheld out of concern for her privacy, and confirmed that she worked in Franks' office.

Franks said in a statement that he decided to leave now after his wife was admitted to a hospital Thursday night "due to an ongoing ailment."

In an earlier statement Thursday announcing his plan to quit on Jan. 31, Franks said the House Ethics Committee was investigating him for discussing surrogate motherhood with two female staff members. After he and his wife had had twins through the process, they were looking for another surrogate to carry a child for them, he said.

“I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others,” he said in the statement. “I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress.”

Franks, 60, said he never engaged in intimidation or sought sexual contact with any staff member.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was briefed last week on “credible claims of misconduct” by Franks and confronted him, according to a statement from his office. Ryan said he told Franks he should resign.

Franks was first elected to represent a solidly Republican district northwest of Phoenix in 2002. In his last run for re-election, he got 69 percent of the vote. He has been an outspoken opponent of abortion and was a member of groups focused on children and families. Franks was a member of the Judiciary Committee and Armed Services Committee, as well as the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

He was the third lawmaker to announce his departure from Congress this week. Democratic Representative John Conyers of Michigan quit Tuesday over sexual harassment allegations. Democratic Senator Al Franken said Thursday he’ll resign in the coming weeks to end the turmoil over allegations that he groped or tried to forcibly kiss several women. More than half of his Democratic colleagues demanded he step down to make clear that mistreatment of women is unacceptable.

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