- The Washington Times - Friday, December 8, 2017

Rep. Trent Franks, the latest casualty of sexual harassment scandals on Capitol Hill, has moved up his resignation date to effective Friday.

“Last night, my wife was admitted to the hospital in Washington, D.C. due to an ongoing ailment,” he said in a statement released Friday. “After discussing options with my family, we came to the conclusion that the best thing for our family now would be for me to tender my previous resignation effective today, December 8th, 2017.”

He announced Thursday that he was resigning from Congress at the end of the year, saying his discussions with two female aides about surrogate motherhood had been misinterpreted as sexual harassment.

Mr. Franks said didn’t want to go through the way his actions would be distorted and leaked about in the current climate.

He said that he had learned that the House Ethics Committee was reviewing complaints about his discussions with two female aides about surrogate motherhood. Rather than suffer through an investigation, he said, he decided to step down.

“We are in an unusual moment in history — there is a collective focus on a very important problem of justice and sexual impropriety. It is so important that we get this right for everyone, especially for victims,” Mr. Franks said in the original statement.

The House Ethics Committee later announced that is had opened an investigation of allegations Mr. Franks “engaged in conducted that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment.”

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said the complaints against Mr. Franks were “credible” and that he had personally urged Mr. Franks to resign.

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