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Rep. Trent Franks resigns amid surrogacy scandal
One female staffer said Rep. Trent Franks repeatedly pressured her to carry his child, offering her $5 million to be a surrogate.
By Delila James
Jan 12, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has resigned from the House effective Friday, instead of at the end of January as originally announced.

In a statement, Franks said he decided to move up his resignation because of his wife's admission to a Washington hospital on Thursday night due to an "ongoing ailment," according to a report by The Hill.

"After discussing options with my family, we came to the conclusion that the best thing for our family now would be for me to tender my previous resignation effective today, December 8, 2017," Franks said.

Several of Frank's female staffers have accused him of pressing them to be surrogates by carrying his child. Two said they did not know whether Franks wanted to have sex with them or impregnate them through in vitro fertilization, according to Politico. One staffer alleged she was retaliated against by having her access cut off when she rejected Frank's request

One woman said the lawmaker repeatedly pressured her to carry his child, offering her $5 million to be a surrogate, the Associated Press reports.

Franks did not deny that he discussed surrogacy with female staffers, saying he and his wife had a history of fertility problems.

"Due to my familiarity and experience with the process of surrogacy, I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others," Franks said.

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday evening it was opening an investigation into whether Franks engaged in unlawful sexual harassment.