Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona is expected to resign

Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona is expected to resign

Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican who is among the most conservative members of the House, said he would resign his seat after House officials learned that he had asked two female employees to bear his child as a surrogate.

Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona says he is resigning January 31 amid a House Ethics Committee investigation of possible sexual harassment.

Franks' expected resignation was initially reported by Roll Call.

In his statement, Franks said he never "physically intimidated, coerced, or had, or attempted to have, any sexual contact with any member of my congressional staff".

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"Due to my familiarity and experience with the process of surrogacy, I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others", Franks said.

A Reaganite Republican, Franks's platform has long held that human life begins at conception, as he has introduced a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks. 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. Ryan told Franks he should resign, and said he would refer the matter to the House Ethics Committee, his statement said. In his resignation statement, he said he and his wife have struggled with infertility and used multiple surrogates in the past. They had twins through a surrogate, but subsequent attempts to have another child by either adoption or another surrogate fell through. Franks did not deny the allegations, according to Ryan's office. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his resignation after facing allegations of sexual harassment by at least eight women.

File picture shows US Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) arriving ahead of FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, December 7, 2017. Mark Walker, N.C., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. Biggs said he would not comment until Franks announced his plans.

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