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Trent Franks Resigns Immediately, Amid Growing Scandal

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) on Friday pushed up his resignation from end of January to 2018 to being effective immediately. “Last night, my wife was admitted to the hospital in Washington, D.C. due to an ongoing ailment. After discussing options with my family, we came to the conclusion that the best thing for our family now would be for me to tender my previous resignation effective today, December 8th, 2017,” the conservative lawmaker wrote in a statement. In his initial resignation statement, submitted Thursday, Franks suggested his exit was tied to a recent ethics committee probe into claims he discussed surrogacy with two female subordinates, “making each uncomfortable” in the workplace.