washington - American parliamentarian Trent Franks announced on Friday that he will step down immediately as a member of Congress and not until January 31, as he had said earlier. The Republican delegate from the state of Arizona gets on with complaints from two employees about cross-border behavior.
'Last night my wife was hospitalized in Washington DC due to a persistent ailment. After discussing the options with my family, we have come to the conclusion that it is best that I resign as of 8 December 2017, 'Franks informed by e-mail.
The ethics committee of the House of Representatives started an investigation in response to complaints from the employees to whom Franks would have asked if they wanted to be a surrogate mother. The sixty-year-old parliamentarian denied that he would have physically intimidated the women.
Franks, who has been Congressman since 2003, is the third American politician in a week's time to retire after accusations of sexual misconduct. On Thursday, the Democratic senator Al Franken also left. On Tuesday, his 88-year-old party colleague John Conyers stepped down as a member of the House of Representatives.