>> The third sexual misconduct resignation in US congress this week. On Thursday, Republican Representative Trent Franks announced he's stepping down at the end of January, after two females staffers complained because he asked them to be surrogates for his child. The Arizona congressman denies any sexual conduct and claims he's resigning because the House Ethics Committee had opened a probe into the accusations.
He says, coverage of the investigation in the, quote, current cultural and media climate would damage the things he loves most. His resignation came just hours after Democratic Senator Al Franken did the same following sexual misconduct allegations. Representative John Conyers stepped down for similar reasons on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified the allegations against any of them so far.
Franks' resignation opens up his seat for a special election in Arizona's Eighth Congressional District in the Spring.