Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to announce resignation

Rep. Trent Franks R-Ariz. speaks with a reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franks is calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to resign citing what he says is a conflict of interest because of Mueller’s

Republican Rep. Trent Franks is expected to resign, Roll Call reported on Thursday based on a source with knowledge of the Arizona congressman's plans.

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

He's a strong backer of President Donald Trump and has embraced some of his stances on social issues.

"We will have a statement a little bit later, but that's all I can tell you right now", Franks told Roll Call.

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It's not yet clear why Franks is leaving Congress, but rumors of inappropriate behavior on his part are swirling in Washington. "The statement will explain". He's also a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

Trent is now serving his eight term in Congress - he was first elected in 2002.

Obviously, this news (if true) is incredibly shocking and came out of relatively nowhere compared to Sen.

Franks was seen huddling with fellow Republicans on the floor of the House Thursday, in what appeared to be a prayer circle. The primary election is to be held no less than 80 and no more than 90 days after the vacancy occurs.

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