Arizona GOP Congressman to Resign Over 'Inappropriate Behavior' Allegations

Rep. Trent Franks

U.S. Representative Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, is expected to resign amid claims of inappropriate behavior, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a Republican source familiar with the decision.

"We will have a statement a little bit later, but that's all I can tell you right now", Franks told reporters after leaving the House floor Thursday.

"The statement will explain", he said.

Roll Call is reporting that Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) will step down from his seat in the near future.

"There's been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012", the Republican said.

Frank's northwest Phoenix suburb is reliably Republican, having gone to Trump and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, both of whom won the district by more than 20 percentage points, and Franks easily won re-election past year.

Franks drew national ire in 2013 when he said, "Incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low" - a remark he later said was taken out of context. Biggs said he would not comment until Franks announced his plans.

Franks was first elected to Congress in 2002 and was reelected in 2016 by a 37-point margin. He served a term in the state House in the 1980s.

Franks is a congressman from Arizona's 8th district.

Allegations about Franks come hours after Minnesota Sen. "The special general election is required to be held no less than 50 and no more than 60 days after the primary".

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