Arizona GOP Rep. Trent Franks Resigns over Sexual Harassment Allegations


Representative Trent Franks of Arizona decided to resign from his position on Thursday night after allegations of sexual harassment.

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His resignation followed the resignation of Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota earlier Thursday.  The senator is facing several sexual harassment accusations.

On Wednesday, Democratic Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan also vacated his seat because of the same reason. His fellow Democrats asked his to step aside due to multiple accusations by female former aides of unwanted advances and mistreatment.

Earlier Thursday, the House Committee on Ethics announced that it will investigate the accusations against Rep. Franks. The Committee wants to find out if he engaged in “conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment.”

Rep. Franks admitted discussing surrogacy with certain staffers

In a statement, Rep. Franks said, “I have absolutely never physically intimidated, coerced, or had, or attempted to have, any sexual contact with any member of my congressional staff.”