Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona to resign amid 'inappropriate behavior' allegations

Rep. Trent Franks

He was expected to make a statement Thursday; the aide was not authorized to discuss the matter before Franks' announcement.

Franks, 60, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, represents Arizona's 8th Congressional District, a mainly suburban area of Phoenix.

Republican Rep. Trent Franks is expected to resign, Roll Call reported on Thursday based on a source with knowledge of the Arizona congressman's plans.

Franks was seen huddling with fellow Republicans on the floor of the House Thursday, in what appeared to be a prayer circle.




"If this turns out to be true, there won't be that many people who are surprised", the Arizona Republican said, according to the report.

On Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., resigned effective immediately. Biggs said he would not comment until Franks announced his plans. "I'll let the statement speak for itself", he said, according to Roll Call.

Franks was first elected to Congress in 2002 from the old 2nd District. He is now serving his eighth term in the United States Congress. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Solid Republican.

Trent Franks (R-VA) talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017.

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