GOP Rep. Franks Expected To Resign, Says Statement To Come

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.

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

"In the midst of this current cultural and media climate, I am deeply convinced I would be unable to complete a fair House Ethics investigation before distorted and sensationalized versions of this story would put me, my family, my staff, and my noble colleagues in the House of Representatives through hyperbolized public excoriation", Franks said in the statement.

"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", he wrote.

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He's a staunch social conservative who sponsored House-passed legislation to make it a crime for any person to perform an abortion if the age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.

Reporter Kyle Cheney posted what appears to be a letter by Franks confirming his resignation after finding out the Ethics Committee is reviewing complaints about his "discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel unforgettable".

Franks explained in his statement that he and his wife have long struggled with infertility.

Ryan said that he presented Franks with the allegations, "which he did not deny", and filed them with the House Committee on Ethics.

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An unnamed Arizona Republican told RollCall that "rumors" of inappropriate behavior have been "swirling around" Franks "for years, at least in 2012".

On Thursday, Democratic Senator Al Franken announced on the Senate floor that he too would resign his Minnesota seat amid harassment claims.

On Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., resigned effective immediately. He sought to clarify the comment, saying later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent. Mark Walker, N.C., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

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