Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to resign

Rep. Trent Franks

Franks explained in his statement that he and his wife have long struggled with infertility. Franks added, "I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress".

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Politico reported Thursday night that Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is set to resign "after asking female staffers to be a surrogate for his child".

Franks said he will step down effective January 31. 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".

He's known to be a staunch fiscal and social conservative with a pro-life stance on abortion. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced earlier Thursday he intends to step down soon after multiple women claimed Franken tried to kiss them or inappropriately touch them. It was not immediately clear why Mr. Franks was resigning.

Franks drew a sharp response from Democrats during a 2013 House committee debate when he said, "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low".

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The eight-term Republican lawmaker is an anti-abortion conservative.

The deep-red 8th District, northwest of Phoenix, supported President Donald Trump by 21 points in 2016, according to calculations by Daily Kos Elections. Franks has harshly criticized some NFL players for not standing during the national anthem, calling them "arrogant and overpaid Lilliputians who dishonour America". He serves on the House Judiciary and Armed Services committees. The institute advocates for policies created to protect children and families.

According to Arizona state law, the governor will have to call a special election to fill the seat as Franks' resignation would come more than 6 months before the next general election. The behaviour occurred when the staffer worked for Franks.

Ryan's office declined to comment on the latest accusations, or Franks's immediate resignation.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to freely describe the allegations.

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