Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., facing an ethics investigation over alleged sexual harassment, announced Friday that he will resign immediately following his wife’s admission to the hospital.
Franks had said Thursday that he would resign at the end of January but said Friday that his wife’s ailment had prompted him to change his plans and immediately step down.
The Associated Press reported Friday that a former Franks aide said the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate.
The former staffer said the congressman asked at least four times if she’d be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. Franks, in his statement announcing his resignation, said he and his wife have struggled with infertility.
The Associated Press verified the identity of the staffer.
On Thursday, the House Ethics Committee said it would create a special subcommittee to investigate Franks for conduct “that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment.”
The investigation came after House officials learned that he had asked two female employees to bear his child as a surrogate.
This is a sex crime. Franks should be investigated and expelled from Congress immediately.