Trent Franks Will Likely Resign From Congress

A MARCH 24 2017 FILE

A MARCH 24 2017 FILE

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

Franks told Roll Call that he will be making an announcement later in the day, but did not elaborate. "The statement will explain".

Franks is also a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a hard-right faction that has often clashed with Republican leaders.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced on the Senate floor Thursday that he will leave office at the end of the year. He said he'd depart in a few weeks.

Both Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) spoke with Franks on Thursday night but refused to discuss the matter.

Franks represents Arizona's 8th district and first entered Congress in 2002.

Franks drew a sharp response from Democrats during a 2013 House committee debate when he said "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low". Franks has harshly criticized some NFL players for not standing during the national anthem, calling them "arrogant and overpaid Lilliputians who dishonor America". He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Judiciary Committee.

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