No word yet on why but Roll Call is whispering about allegations of “inappropriate behavior.” I posted this tweet earlier but it’s worth re-upping:

Neil King, a former WSJ reporter based in D.C., responded to that with this:

Congressional reporter Haley Byrd tweeted this ominous PSA not long before the Franks news broke:

She noted later that the Franks rumors had been circulating earlier this afternoon in the Capitol. He’s a member of the House Freedom Caucus and an ardent pro-life warrior — and, apparently, a soon-to-be ex-congressman:

“We will have a statement a little bit later, but that’s all I can tell you right now,” Franks told Roll Call. “The statement will explain.”

It is unclear exactly why Franks is stepping down, but one Arizona Republican said there had been rumors of inappropriate behavior. The Republican said the congressman had apparently been making plans to run for Senate in 2012, but abruptly canceled those plans.

“There’s been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012,” the Republican said. “And if this turns out to be true, there won’t be that many people who are surprised.”

Roy Moore’s about to be elected to the Senate and Al Franken may yet get a second chance to hold onto his seat. What the hell could be coming out on Franks that’s so terrible that he’s impelled to resign before it even breaks? Is the idea that if he hands over his scalp before anything is published, the story might be scrapped on grounds that there’s no point hounding someone who’s already fallen on his sword? I don’t think the #MeToo moment in journalism will allow that.

I suppose quitting at least spares him the ordeal of being questioned by reporters about whatever it is in the Capitol’s hallways.

He told reporters on his way off the House floor a few minutes ago that his statement will “speak for itself.” Stand by for updates.

Update: While we wait for Franks’s statement, note that defenses of Al Franken are beginning to congeal.

Here’s Sen. Bill Cassidy — a Republican — emphasizing repeatedly that Franken received no due process.

Update: If you’re worried about Franks’s district flipping to Democrats, don’t be. It’s deep red.

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