Republican Senator Trent Franks of Arizona is reportedly preparing to announce his resignation, according to CNN based on multiple sources.
Rep. Franks is a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus group. He joined the Congress in the early 2000s. He is serving in his eight term in the U.S. Congress. He describes himself as a conservative, Reagan Republican. He is focused on children’s issues and anti-abortion issues.
There had been reports that Franks engaged in inappropriate behaviors over the years. Some people in Washington reportedly knew about his misconduct since 2012, when Franks was considering a bid for the Senate. The nature of his inappropriate behavior is still unclear.
The Arizona congressman will release a statement regarding his decision to vacate his seat.
“We will have a statement a little bit later, but that’s all I can tell you right now. The statement will explain, said Franks as quoted by Roll Call.
Last year, Franks supported President Donald Trump particularly when the Access Hollywood tape was revealed. At the time, he said that while Trump’s words were bas, it did not compare to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton who supports abortion.
Franks is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. He recently called on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to resign. He claimed that Mueller has conflict of interest in the Russian probe because of his “close friendship” with former FBI Director James Comey.
According to him, “Mueller “must resign to maintain the integrity of the investigation into alleged Russian ties.”
The table turned as Franks is the one resigning not Muller.