House Republican Trent Franks Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

Dec 09, 2017, 10:43
House Republican Trent Franks Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

Trent Franks will resign from Congress at the end of January, the Republican said in a statement Thursday.

On Thursday, the House Ethics Committee said it would create a special subcommittee to investigate Franks for conduct "that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment".

Franks said he is coming under investigation for talking to two former female staffers of his about being surrogates for his children.

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He was expected to make a statement Thursday; the aide was not authorized to discuss the matter before Franks' announcement.

"I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress", said Franks, becoming the third Hill-er to announce he is throwing in the towel following Franken and Rep. John Conyers just this week.

Franks says in a statement that he never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have any sexual contact with any member of his 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", said Franks, who was first elected to Congress in 2002.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said the companies against Mr. Franks were "credible" and that he had personally urged Mr. Franks to resign. "I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable". In his resignation statement, he said he and his wife have struggled with infertility and used multiple surrogates in the past. "She came to me shaking and sobbing, and she shared a story that I think is horrific, a powerful man hiring young women, procuring staff, to potentially surrogate children for him", Lafferty said. Franks did not deny the allegations, according to Ryan's office. "The statement will explain".

"We're trying to get that done before the holidays, over the next few weeks", Alderman said. Mark Walker, N.C., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

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