Name: Trent Franks
Role: U.S. Congressman (R-Ariz)
Accusations: 2 women accuse Franks of having asked them to be a surrogate for his child – not through artificial insemination, but “the old-fashioned way.”
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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The New York Times was first to report that Franks would be resigning.
House Republican Trent Franks Resigns Amid Harassment Allegations, The New York Times, by Nicholas Fandos, Dec 7, 2017
In his statement later Thursday, Farenthold said he was certain that he “would be unable to complete a fair House ethics investigation before distorted and sensationalized versions of this story would put me, my family, my staff and my noble colleagues in the House of Representatives through hyperbolized public excoriation.”
“Rather than allow a sensationalized trial by media” to harm “those things I love most,” he continued, “this morning I notified House leadership that I will be leaving Congress.”