washington - The US Congressman Trent Franks has announced that he will step down. The Republican delegate from the state of Arizona gets on with complaints from two employees about cross-border behavior.
Franks, who has been a congressman since 2003, stated that the ethics committee of the House started an investigation in response to complaints from employees to whom he would have asked if they wanted to be a surrogate mother. The sixty-year-old deputy denied Thursday that he would have physically intimidated the women. He will retire at the end of January.
The Republican is the third American politician in a week's time to step down after allegations of sexual harassment. Earlier Thursday, the Democratic senator Al Franken stepped up. On Tuesday, 88-year-old Democrat John Conyers stepped down as a member of the House of Representatives.
The ethics committee also announced Thursday that it is investigating another congressman. Republican Blake Farenthold of Texas has been accused of sexual harassment and discrimination against a former employee.
According to the Politico website, the 55-year-old Farenthold also used public money in 2015 to settle the charges.