Rep. Trent Franks to resign from Congress after asking staffers about surrogacy

Posted December 09, 2017

Arizona Republican Trent Franks says he is resigning from the House because he discussed with two female staff aides whether they would consider being a surrogate mother.

The House Ethics Committee later announced that is had opened an investigation of allegations Mr. Franks "engaged in conducted that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment". "I'll let the statement speak for itself", he said, according to Roll Call.

"In the midst of this current cultural and media climate, I am deeply convinced 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", Franks said in the statement.

"However, I do want to take full and personal responsibility for the ways I have broached a topic that, unbeknownst to me until very recently, made certain individuals uncomfortable", Franks said, adding, "I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress".

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Franks is a conservative Republican and serves on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. After having twins with a surrogate, the couple sought additional children, he said.

He says his resignation will take effect January 31.

Ryan on Thursday said in a statement that he was briefed on the allegations last week, and found them to be "serious and requiring action".

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) will likely resign, according to a source, amid unspecified rumors swirling around him since 2012.

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On Thursday afternoon, Franks was seen being consoled in the House chamber by several other Republicans.

Franks is one of three lawmakers to step aside in a week as sexual misconduct allegations rocked the Capitol.

Franks' departure comes just days after Democratic Representative John Conyers of MI announced his immediate retirement amid sexual harassment allegations that he has denied. Al Franken earlier in the day.

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