House Republican Trent Franks Plans to Resign

House Republican Trent Franks Plans to Resign
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Representative Trent Franks of Arizona on Thursday in Washington. Credit Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

WASHINGTON — Representative Trent Franks, one of the House’s most ardent social conservatives and an ally of President Trump, plans to resign from Congress on Thursday night, according to a Republican official familiar with his decision.

Mr. Franks, who made his name with strident social conservatism and adamant opposition to abortion in all forms, would be the third lawmaker to step down from office this week. It was not immediately clear why Mr. Franks was resigning.

Leaving the House floor on Thursday evening, he told a reporter that his office would soon be issuing a statement. He said he would not elaborate.

The surprising nighttime development followed a dramatic Thursday morning scene on the other side of the Capitol, where Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, resigned in the face of mounting groping accusations. Representative John Conyers Jr., Democrat of Michigan, announced he would step down earlier in the week.

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