Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona to resign amid 'inappropriate behavior' allegations

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to announce resignation

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., is expected to announce his resignation Thursday evening, multiple Republican sources told NBC News. It did not elaborate why Franks has chosen to resign. "The statement will explain". Mark Walker, N.C., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

"There's been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012", a Republican official told the outlet.

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Frank's northwest Phoenix suburb is reliably Republican, having gone to Trump and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, both of whom won the district by more than 20 percentage points, and Franks easily won re-election previous year.

Earlier on Thursday, Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota said he would resign in a few weeks following allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Asked for comment as he left the floor, Franks said, "I'll let the statement speak for itself".

Some people in Washington reportedly knew as far back as 2012, when Franks was mulling a run for the Senate. He served a term in the state House in the 1980s.

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The deep-red 8th District, northwest of Phoenix, supported President Donald Trump by 21 points in 2016, according to calculations by Daily Kos Elections.

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