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

Published on: December 7th, 2017 at 06:56 PM
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Last updated on: December 7, 2017 06:56 PM

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.

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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