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December 14, 2017

Sen. Al Franken announces he will resign 'in the coming weeks'


Sen. Al Franken announces he will resign ‘in the coming weeks’

Sen. Al Franken, the comedian-turned-powerful Democratic lawmaker, announced he will soon resign from office amid…


Sen. Al Franken, the comedian-turned-powerful Democratic lawmaker, announced he will soon resign from office amid allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women.

“In the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” he said remarks on the Senate floor Thursday, adding that he can’t “remain an effective senator.”

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Since the initial accusations surfaced last month – some of which occurring during his pre-Senate career – most of his Democratic colleagues rebuked his behavior while not outright asking for him to step down. But that changed Wednesday, after new allegations emerged, prompting a flood of calls for his resignation.

Franken took jabs at President Donald Trump, and alluded to next week’s special election, in which voters will decide if a candidate accused of misconduct will go to the Senate.

“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape of his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office,” Franken said.

As his party’s senators urged him to resign, several speculated he would after private meetings. Still, Franken’s office dismissed early reports that a decision had been made, saying he was talking with his family and mulling Thursday’s announcement.

The beginning of Franken’s fall from grace started in mid-November after Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden said he forcibly kissed her and groped her during a 2006 USO tour. At least seven other women have alleged misconduct by the senator since.

In his floor remarks, Franken said he believes some of the allegations are untrue and he remembers other differently.

Franken is the second notable Democrat to step down amid accusations this week, following longtime Michigan Rep. John Conyers’ retirement on Tuesday.

It also comes days before Alabama’s special election that could see Republican candidate Roy Moore elevated to the Senate. Over the past month, his campaign has been fighting accusations of sexual misconduct with minors while the 70-year-old former judge was in his 30s.


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Sen. Al Franken announces he will resign ‘in the coming weeks’


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