Arizona GOP Congressman to Resign Over 'Inappropriate Behavior' Allegations


Arizona Republican Representative Trent Franks is expected to resign from Congress, according to multiple sources including AP, CNN and Roll Call. They included Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, Alabama's Robert Aderholt and fellow Arizonan Andy Biggs. His departure had not been expected, and one of the consultants said Franks was leaving on Thursday.

The exact reason for Franks's resignation is unknown, but the Congressman indicated he would later release a statement explaining his decision.

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

Earlier Thursday, liberal Sen.

Conyers denied the allegations, while Franken said some of the accusations against him were untrue and he remembered other incidents differently from his accusers. He said he'd depart in a few weeks. It did not elaborate why Franks has chosen to resign.

He's a strong backer of President Donald Trump and has embraced some of his stances on social issues.

There is no word on who could replace Franks at this time.

Before being elected into Congress, Trent was a small business owner and later served in the Arizona Legislature, according to his website biography.