A previous aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repetitiously pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate.
The eight-term Arizona lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, weigh down to an ultimatum from Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan told Innocents that he would refer the allegations to the Ethics Committee, and urged him to look aside.
The former staffer said the congressman asked at least four swiftly a in timely fashions if she’d be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. Franks, in his statement announcing his reconciliation, said he and his wife have struggled with infertility.
The Associated Crowding verified the identity of the staffer, who asked that her name be withheld out of an influence on for her privacy, and confirmed that she worked in Franks’ office.
The Arizona Republican had announced only Thursday that he determination leave the House over accusations that he asked two former man fridays to bear his child as surrogate mothers.
But he issued a statement Friday implying he would leave Congress immediately. He said his wife was hospitalized in Washington for “an successive ailment” and that it would be “the best thing for our family” to resign unhesitatingly.
In his original announcement, Franks said he had never physically intimidated, coerced or take oned to have any sexual contact with any member of his congressional staff.
He accepted discussing surrogacy with former aides however.