Republican Rep. Trent Franks said late Thursday he would resign amid a sexual harassment investigation by the House Ethics Committee. In a statement (https://twt-media.washtimes.com/media/misc/2017/12/07/Trent_Franks_Leaving_Congress.pdf), the staunchly conservative Arizona congressman denied intimidating, coercing or attempting sexual contact with members of his staff. But he did acknowledge he had asked two female staff members to be the surrogate for his child. Franks in his statement admitted his request "made certain individuals uncomfortable," and he had "became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others." Franks said he and his wife have struggled with infertility, and have twins who were conceived through surrogacy. Franks said his last day will be Jan. 31.
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