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Washington - Pro-Israeli Congressman Abruptly Announces Resignation After Ethics Inquiry

Published on: December 7, 2017 05:32 PM
Last updated on: December 7, 2017 06:56 PM
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FILE - Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) addresses Washington area Jews during a rally to support Israel's right of self defense against Hamas attacks coming from Gaza July 17, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO)FILE - Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) addresses Washington area Jews during a rally to support Israel's right of self defense against Hamas attacks coming from Gaza July 17, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO)

Washington - -U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Thursday he will resign after two former staff members complained about discussions he had with them about efforts to find a surrogate mother.

Franks, an Arizona Republican who has served in Congress since 2003, said he recently learned the House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation of the complaints. “I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress,” he said in a statement.

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Franks is Chairman of the Israel allies Caucus in the United States House of Representatives, the only official pro-Israel caucus in Congress. Franks has been a staunch supporter of Israel throughout the years.



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 Dec 07, 2017 at 06:10 PM Educated Archy Says:

A big loss but just shows that this thing is not one sided and republicans will quit too.

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 06:37 PM inNY Says:

Massive loss, this man was the biggest Israel supporter on Capitol Hill, more than any other politician.

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 11:21 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Sounds like a real strange dude.

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 Dec 08, 2017 at 04:15 AM Woman Says:

What was the context? Pouring his heart out? Discussing reality with staff? Trying to help?

THIS. IS. INSANE.

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 Dec 08, 2017 at 09:34 AM Phineas Says:

Story makes no sense at all.

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