A Republican Congressman from Arizona is expected to be stepping down from his position this week, possibly due to inappropriate behavior.
Multiple reports indicate that Freedom Caucus member Trent Franks had announced earlier that his camp would be releasing a statement on Thursday.
Another Arizona Republican had said Franks, reportedly one of the most conservative lawmakers, had considered running for Senate in 2012, but had “abruptly” decided against it Roll Call reported.
“There’s been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012,” the unnamed Arizona Republican said to Roll Call. “And if this turns out to be true, there won’t be that many people who are surprised.”
Franks, who comes from the oil industry and founded a socially conservative think tank, was first elected to his post in 2002 and was easily reelected in 2016. He previously served as an advisor on Pat Buchanan’s presidential bid. He lives in a strongly Republican district northwest of Phoenix.
Roll Call noted that Franks was on House floor Thursday night and was seen speaking with fellow Arizona Republicans Andy Biggs and David Schweikert.
Earlier this year, Franks had called on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to resign from his position investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion on the part the Trump campaign.
Franks is also anti-abortion rights, skeptical about global warming, anti-gay marriage and receives high marks from the NRA.