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U.S. Representative Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, is expected to resign amid claims of inappropriate behavior, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a Republican source familiar with the decision.
'We will have a statement a little bit later, but that´s all I can tell you right now,' Franks said, according to Roll Call news website. 'The statement will explain.'
Roll - Call - Rumors
Roll Call said rumors had been swirling since at least 2012.
An Arizona Republican told the website: 'There’s been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012. And if this turns out to be true, there won’t be that many people who are surprised.'
Reporters - Floor - House - Representatives - Franks
As he walked past reporters outside the floor of the House of Representatives, Franks said: 'I´ll let the statement speak for itself.' Franks has served in Congress since 2003.
His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Franks - Father - District - North - West
Franks, 60, is a married father of two whose district covers suburbs north and west of Phoenix.
It is likely to be a safe Republican seat, with Trump winning by 21 points last November.
Thursday - Democratic - Senator - Al - Franken
Earlier on Thursday, Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota said he would resign in a few weeks following allegations of sexual misconduct.
U.S. Democratic Representative John Conyers of Michigan resigned on Tuesday after accusations of sexual harassment were leveled against him.
Conyers - Allegations - Franken - Accusations - Incidents
Conyers denied the allegations, while Franken said some of the accusations against him were untrue and he remembered other incidents differently from his accusers. Reuters has not verified the allegations against either men.
Franken announced Thursday he would resign from the Senate amid groping allegations – but maintained his innocence...
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