Trent Franks

Name: Trent Franks

Age: 60 (in 2017)

Role: U.S. Congressman (R-Ariz)

Accusations: 2 women accuse Franks, a staunch conservative, of having asked them to be a surrogate for his child in exchange for $5 million – not through artificial insemination, but “the old-fashioned way.”
AP News, Dec 8, 2017, by Juliet Linderman 

Consequences for his actions: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) referred Franks’s case to the Ethics Committee and told Franks to resign, which Franks did, at the end of January, 2018. Read the House Ethics Committee Statement

Franks’s Response: Issued a statement saying that any investigation would become hyper sensationalized and would harm his family; so he was choosing to resign immediately, before an investigation could be conducted. Read Trent Franks’s full statement here.

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