3:54 p.m. – POLITICO reported that Franks suggested surrogate-ship via intercourse with female aides after having spoke with congressional sources believed to be familiar with the matter.
3:45 p.m. – The Associated Press spoke with a former aide to the congressman who alleged she was offered $5 million to birth a child for him.
3:30 p.m. – Franks said his resignation is effective as of today.
WASHINGTON– Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) announced Thursday evening that he will resign from Congress next month after learning of a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.
“Rather than allow a sensationalized trial by media damage those things I love most, this morning I notified House leadership that I will be leaving Congress as of January 31st, 2018,” Franks, 60, said in a statement.
Franks said he “absolutely never physically intimidated, coerced, or had, or attempted to have, any sexual contact with any member of my congressional staff.”
Franks went on to state that he and his wife “have long struggled with infertility” and “experienced three miscarriages.”
Franks explained he and his wife found a surrogate who birthed twins for them but the couple later decided to expand their family.
Franks noted that “the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable.”
Franks did not explain the context of the alleged conversations.
Sexual harassment scandals have recently rocked Capitol Hill.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Thursday announced that he will resign after having been accused by several women of sexual misconduct. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) earlier this week resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct.