Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rep. Trent Franks is resigning from Congress

Rep. Trent Franks is resigning from Congress

Arizona Republican Trent Franks is resigning from Congress, CBS News confirms.

An unnamed Arizona Republican told RollCall that "rumors" of inappropriate behavior have been "swirling around" Franks "for years, at least in 2012".

"The statement will explain", he said.

Trent Franks is resigning from Congress, two GOP strategists said Thursday, the third lawmaker to announce his resignation this week.

Frank's northwest Phoenix suburb is reliably Republican, having gone to Trump and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, both of whom won the district by more than 20 percentage points, and Franks easily won re-election past year.

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Franks' office said he will make an announcement soon.

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

Asked for comment as he left the floor, Franks said, "I'll let the statement speak for itself". He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Franks represents the 8th district of Arizona, which includes the northwest Valley.

The governor is required to establish the date of the primary election within 72 hours of the seat being officially vacated.

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