Al Franken resigns after sexual misconduct allegations pile up

Al Franken resigns after sexual misconduct allegations pile up

Al Franken resigns after sexual misconduct allegations pile up

Comedian-turned-U.S. Senator Al Franken has resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice.

Franken had been popular on the Democratic Party fundraising circuit until the sexual misconduct allegations arose. We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men's actions affect them. But in responding to their claims I also wanted to be respectful of the broader conversation, because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously. A high-ranking Democratic source told the Star Tribune on Wednesday that Smith, a close ally to Dayton and longtime DFL insider, is his likeliest choice to replace Franken.

Though the writing appeared to be on the wall in the days leading up to his announcement, Franken's departure was not certain.

Franken thanked fellow Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and his family before concluding, "This has been a tough few weeks, but I am a very lucky man".

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But several other women have since come forward to say he groped them, triggering the revolt by female lawmakers against their own colleague.

Franken's office pushed back against a report that he will resign. The aide, whose name Politico withheld, said Franken pursued her after her boss had left the studio.

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Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation".

"We posed for the shot". Hours later another woman said Franken inappropriately squeezed "a handful of flesh" on her waist while posing for a photo with her in 2009. "At least twice", she wrote.

Franken, a former writer and performer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", is serving his second term in the Senate.

He argued there is irony in his resignation as President Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office and Roy Moore runs for Senate in Alabama. Of the four who spoke on the record, two are Republicans, one is a Democrat and one is not registered with a political party.

The first allegation against Franken - for which he has apologized - was made by sports broadcaster and former model Leeann Tweeden, who said he forcibly kissed her, and touched her without consent as she slept, during a 2006 tour entertaining United States troops deployed in Afghanistan. "The moment was long overdue", Franken said in his brief and shaky speech on the Senate floor.

Prior to the scandal, the 66-year-old Franken was seen as a potential presidential contender for 2020.

Franken repeatedly drew attention to his pro-woman political record in his resignation speech, saying he has been proud to use his power "to be a champion of women".

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