House Ethics Committee Investigating Two GOP Members; One Resigns

House Ethics Committee Investigating Two GOP Members; One Resigns

Franks said in a statement that the Ethics inquiry regards his "discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable".

Trent Franks announced Thursday night he will resign from Congress at the end of January after the House Ethics Committee said it would open an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

Two Republican consultants also confirmed the decision to The Associated Press but both said they did not know why he was leaving.

Franks has served in the House since 2003 and is known as a fierce opponent of legal abortion, recently sponsoring a bill banning abortions after 20-week gestation that passed the House.

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.

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"If this turns out to be true, there won't be that many people who are surprised", the Arizona Republican said, according to the report. Franken said some of those accusations were false and that he remembered others differently than his accusers did.

A spokesman for Franks would not comment on whether the congressman offered aides money in exchange to act as surrogates. He said he'd depart in a few weeks.

Rep. Trent Franks, the latest casualty of sex harassment scandals on Capitol Hill, has moved up his resignation date to effective Friday. He continued as chairman of a House Judiciary subcommittee and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee. President Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the district by 21 points a year ago; Franks did not face a Democratic opponent.

Ryan's lawyer interviewed the former staffer and a second former staffer who had a similar complaint that the speaker's office verified through a third party. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the deliberations. The institute advocates for policies created to protect children and families.

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