Arizona's Trent Franks Expected to Resign

NATION-NOW     Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to resign     
       Arizona Rep. Trent Franks to resign

NATION-NOW Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to resign Arizona Rep. Trent Franks to resign

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.

"The statement will explain", he said.

The lawmaker has not yet confirmed or denied the resignation rumors, but Franks is expected to make a statement later on Thursday.

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

"If this turns out to be true, there won't be that many people who are surprised", the Arizona Republican said, according to the report.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced on the Senate floor Thursday that he will leave office at the end of the year.

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Representing a solidly-Republican swath of Arizona, north of Phoenix, Franks built a reputation as a hard-line conservative since joining Congress in 2003. He serves on the House Judiciary and Armed Services committees.

Asked for comment as he left the floor, Franks said, "I'll let the statement speak for itself". The general election must be held no less than 50 and no more than 60 days after the primary.

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