News broke yesterday that another member of Congress was leaving office amid rumors and allegations of inappropriate behavior. Following a report that he was expected to resign, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) released a statement confirming he was stepping down, claiming he was being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for approaching two female staffers about serving as surrogate mothers for him.
This morning on CNN’s New Day, co-host John Berman was just flabbergasted by the details of the Franks story. During a panel discussion on the Arizona Republican, Berman tried to explain that some rules in the workplace should just be assumed.
“In some office circumstance, you ask a subordinate if she would be a surrogate for yourself, there is no way that is on a normal office menu of options,” Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon noted.
“There’s an easy to say it — you can’t ask people who work for you to have your babies!” Berman exclaimed in response.
As Avlon said “that’s reasonable,” co-host Alisyn Camerota asked if that was something that could be written down.
“I don’t think you have to check the HR documents to see that — it’s an unspoken rule,” Berman stated.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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