GOP Lawmaker Resigns Ahead of Sexual Misconduct InquiryDecember 8, 2017 12:36am

A conservative lawmaker from Arizona announced his resignation from the House on Thursday after the House Ethics Committee revealed it's investigating sexual harassment allegations against him, Politico reports.

Rep. Trent Franks says the investigation is "regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates" that made "each feel uncomfortable." His statement continues: "I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress." Franks is the third lawmaker and first Republican to resign this week, following Rep.

John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken.

Franks cites the likelihood of "a sensationalized trial by media" for resigning ahead of an investigation, USA Today reports.

“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 ...

through hyperbolized public excoriation," HuffPost quotes Franks as saying. The 60-year-old Franks, who is married with twins, was elected to the House in 2002. According to NBC News, he's a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and known for being deeply anti-abortion, having compared abortion to slavery and the Holocaust and sponsored bills to ban it after 20 weeks. A special election will be held to replace him.

More From Newser

This article originally appeared on Newser: GOP Lawmaker Resigns Ahead of Sexual Misconduct Inquiry

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

Office sexual harassment policies lag behind the #MeToo movement
Scott Baio and wife are trained to help disaster victims“Happy Days” star Scott Baio and his wife Renee have completed training with the Los Angeles Police Department and are allowed to help victims of disasters.
ARCHIVO- En esta fotografía del 14 de febrero de 2018 se muestra a la senadora Tammy Duckworth, de Illinois, durante una sesión del Senado en el Capitolio, en Washington. El miércoles 18 de abril del mismo año, el Senado de Estados Unidos aprobó un cambio de reglas que permitirá que los senadores trabajen en la cámara alta llevando a sus hijos recién nacidos consigo. (AP Foto/Alex Brandon, Archivo)
EEUU: Senado permite ingreso de bebés a la cámara
In this 1990 photo provided by CNN, Richard Blystone sits at a desk in the CNN newsroom in London. Blystone, a longtime Associated Press correspondent who covered the Vietnam War and went on to become one of the first journalists at the CNN network even before it went on air, died Tuesday in London. He was 81. (Courtesy of CNN via AP)
Richard Blystone, correspondent at AP, later CNN, dies at 81
ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 27 de marzo del 2018, David Hernandez, izquierda, Genevieve Peters, al centro, y Jennifer Martinez celebran luego que la Junta de Supervisores del Condado Orange, en California, votó en favor de sumarse a la demanda del Departamento de Justicia  contra la ley de ciudades santuario en el estado de California. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register vía AP)
Demandan a ciudad de California por ley “santuario”
NY official: Trump pardons can't be shield for state chargesNew York's attorney general says state law must be clarified to ensure anyone pardoned by President Donald Trump may still be charged with violations of state law
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices