Ariz. Rep. Franks resigns before Ethics probe

09 December, 2017, 10:44 | Author: Lorraine Moran
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Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said Thursday he is resigning next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers.

He also said that the current political climate of many women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment led him to want to avoid an Ethics Committee investigation. "I'll let the statement speak for itself", he said, according to Roll Call. "I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress", his statement Thursday said.

Franks, 60, said he had become familiar with the surrogacy process in recent years and "became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others".

Franks was spotted on the House floor during votes Thursday night, speaking with fellow Arizona Republicans Andy Biggs and David Schweikert. He recently told the National Journal that he and his wife have tried three times to adopt from a crisis pregnancy center, but each time his wife changed her mind after the birth. And the congressman said that the investigation was the instigation for his decision to resign at the end of January, because, he said, "I would be unable to complete a fair House Ethics investigation before distorted and sensationalized versions of this story would put me, my family, my staff, and my noble colleagues in the House of Representatives through hyperbolized public excoriation".

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The investigation came after House officials learned that he had asked two female employees to bear his child as a surrogate.

Franks did not deny the allegations when Ryan confronted him, according to the speaker's statement. "The statement will explain".

Because Franks resigned, he no longer has a press office. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his resignation after facing allegations of sexual harassment by at least eight women.

Franks represents Arizona's 8th district and first entered Congress in 2002. He said he'd depart in a few weeks. Mark Walker, N.C., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

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