US Representative Trent Franks said yesterday that he would resign from Congress effective immediately, instead of the January 31 date he previously had set following the announcement of a probe into accusations of sexual harassment against him.
Franks was spotted on the House floor during votes Thursday night, speaking with fellow Arizona Republicans Andy Biggs and David Schweikert.
Trent is now serving his eight term in Congress - he was first elected in 2002.
Franks, who has served in Congress since 2002, is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and has often taken strong anti-abortion stands.
The news outlet said Franks denies all of the accusations, according to a spokesman.
Arizona's 8th Congressional District, which stretches northwest of Phoenix, leans Republican by 13 points, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Franken said some of those accusations were false and that he remembered others differently than his accusers did. He sought to clarify the comment, saying later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent. Mark Walker, N.C., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. In his resignation speech, he a defiant parting shot at President Donald Trump.
The Associated Press verified the identity of the staffer and confirmed that she worked in Franks' office.
Ryan's lawyer interviewed the former staffer and a second former staffer who had a similar complaint that the speaker's office verified through a third party. The institute advocates for policies created to protect children and families. In a statement tweeted by Politico's Kyle Cheney, Franks admits what he did was inappropriate and claims he is stepping down not due to the severity of his actions, but because he feels his story would be unfairly sensationalized by an investigation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the deliberations.