Trent Franks Resigns, Effectively Immediately

Trent Franks Resigns, Effectively Immediately

A former aide to US Republican Congressman Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $US5 million ($A7 million) to act as a surrogate.

He also said that the current political climate of many women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment led him to want to avoid an Ethics Committee investigation. "I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress", his statement Thursday said.

Franks, a staunch conservative, said in his statement Thursday that he never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have sexual contact with any member of his congressional staff.

He acknowledged discussing surrogacy with former aides however.

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. 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. According to Politico, the eight-term congressman will step down on January 31, 2018. He said he discussed these issues with two female subordinates. He said he simply asked staffers to serve as surrogate mothers on behalf of his wife. After having twins with a surrogate, the couple sought additional children, he said.

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After Ryan brought the claims to Franks, he filed a complaint with the Ethics Committee and asked Franks to resign. The House Ethics Committee will investigate Franks' fellow GOPer, Texan Blake Farenthold, for allegedly sexually harassing a staff member and retaliating against her. It was not immediately clear why Mr. Franks was resigning.

Franks represents Arizona's 8th district and first entered Congress in 2002.

Ryan on Thursday said in a statement that he was briefed on the allegations last week, and found them to be "serious and requiring action". Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his resignation after facing allegations of sexual harassment by at least eight women.

"We're trying to get that done before the holidays, over the next few weeks", Alderman said. But no revelations were aired in the aftermath of the decision, and Franks went on to assume the chairmanship of a House Judiciary subcommittee.

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