UPDATE 2 [12/7/17, 7:06 p.m. ET]:
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said in a statement that he will resign, adding, “I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress.”
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) December 7, 2017
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan released a statement confirming that he was informed of the allegations against Franks last week and that he told Franks “he intended to refer the allegations directly to the House Ethics Committee and told him that he should resign from Congress.”
Ryan's full statement:
“Last Wednesday, the speaker was briefed on credible claims of misconduct by Rep. Trent Franks. He found the allegations to be serious and requiring action. The next day, the speaker presented Rep. Franks with the allegations, which he did not deny. The speaker told Rep. Franks that he intended to refer the allegations directly to the House Ethics Committee and told him that he should resign from Congress. The allegations were filed with the Ethics Committee last Friday. And today, the speaker accepted a letter of resignation. The speaker takes seriously his obligation to ensure a safe workplace in the House.”
UPDATE [12/7/17, 6:44 p.m. ET]:
Politico reported Thursday night that Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is set to resign “after asking female staffers to be a surrogate for his child.”
Reporter Kyle Cheney posted a letter by Franks confirming his resignation after finding out the Ethics Committee is reviewing complaints about his “discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel unforgettable.”
BREAKING: Franks has come under investigation for asking two female staffers about becoming a surrogate for his child. Story TK pic.twitter.com/9kczdGhlQ6
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 7, 2017
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) will likely resign, according to a source, amid unspecified rumors swirling around him since 2012.
The exact reason for Franks's resignation is unknown, but the congressman indicated he would later release a statement explaining his decision. “I'll let the statement speak for itself,” he said, according to Roll Call.
Both Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) spoke with Franks on Thursday night but refused to discuss the matter.
One Arizona Republican reportedly said not many people would be “surprised” if he resigned. “There’s been rumors swirling around him for years," the Republican said.
Roll Call detailed what Arizona would do if Franks resigned:
According to Arizona state law, the governor will have to call a special election to fill the seat as Franks’ resignation would come more than 6 months before the next general election.
The governor is required to establish the date of the primary election within 72 hours of the seat being officially vacated. The primary election is to be held no less than 80 and no more than 90 days after the vacancy occurs. The general election must be held no less than 50 and no more than 60 days after the primary.
Franks represents Arizona's 8th district and first entered Congress in 2002.