Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona is resigning next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. Ryan told Franks that he would refer the allegations to the Ethics Committee and urged him to step aside. Franks, in his statement announcing his resignation, said he and his wife, who have struggled with infertility, have twins who were carried through surrogacy.
He said he regrets that his "discussion of this option and process in the workplace" with two female staffers made them feel uncomfortable.
A former staffer also alleged that Franks tried to persuade a female aide that they were in love by having her read an article that described how a person knows they're in love with someone, the sources said.
In a new statement today, he said he was vacating his seat in Congress immediately, USA media reported.
In his statement, Ryan said he learned last Wednesday of "credible claims of misconduct" by Franks and approached the Republican representative about the allegations.
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The Franks revelations came on the same day that Sen.
The eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The statement provided no further detail and noted that while it was establishing an investigative subcommittee, that did not mean any violation of law or House rules had occurred.
It was not immediately clear why Franks was resigning.
"We're trying to get that done before the holidays, over the next few weeks", Alderman said. President Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the district by 21 points a year ago; Franks did not face a Democratic opponent.
Franks has served in the House since 2003 and is known as a fierce opponent of legal abortion, recently sponsoring a bill banning abortions after 20-week gestation that passed the House.