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Rep. Franks to resign, says he raised surrogacy with staffers

Rep. Trent Franks will resign from Congress effective January 31, he announced Thursday evening. Franks said in a statement that he had raised the topic of surrogacy with two female staffers due to difficulties he and his wife were having with infertility, "making each feel uncomfortable."

The House Ethics Committee released a statement saying it will "have jurisdiction to determine whether.... Franks engaged in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment." Franks, a Republican, has represented Arizona in Congress since 2002.

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Full @RepTrentFranks statement: pic.twitter.com/HydSC54WSP— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) December 7, 2017