Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Arizona GOP Congressman to Resign Over 'Inappropriate Behavior' Allegations

Arizona GOP Congressman to Resign Over 'Inappropriate Behavior' Allegations

Eight-term Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona is expected to resign Thursday, multiple Republican sources told NBC News.

Trent Franks is resigning from Congress, two GOP strategists said Thursday, the third lawmaker to announce his resignation this week.

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

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

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Leaving the House floor Thursday, Franks did not confirm or deny those plans, telling reporters he would put out a statement later in the day.

"The statement will explain", he said.

Franks, first elected in 2002, is a member of the Freedom Caucus and has been known as one of the most outspoken opponents of abortion in Congress, Politico reported.

Some people in Washington reportedly knew as far back as 2012, when Franks was mulling a run for the Senate. But no revelations were aired in the aftermath of the decision, and Franks went on to assume the chairmanship of a House Judiciary subcommittee. Franks won an eighth term last fall by 37 points. "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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