Al Franken Officially Resigns After Sexual Misconduct Allegations [Video]

Franken’s resignation comes the day after several dozen of his Democratic colleagues called for the Minnesota senator to step aside.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., arrives with his wife Franni Bryson, left, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday morning, Dec. 7, 2017.

By Published on December 7, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. — Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken officially resigned in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Franken’s resignation comes the day after several dozen of his Democratic colleagues called for the Minnesota senator to step aside.

“Serving in the United States Senate has been a great honor of my life… Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said.

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Leeann Tweeden first accused Franken in late November of forcibly kissing her and groping her on a USO tour in 2006. Franken apologized for his behavior, but continued to face allegations from a number of other women, who say he sexually mistreated them while serving in the U.S. Senate. Seven women now have accused Franken of sexual misconduct.

Minnesota’s female Democratic lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, will reportedly replace Franken to prevent a special election which would give Republicans an opportunity to run for Franken’s now vacant seat.

 

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  • Chip Crawford

    Resigned to the political expediency denial and hey, they are worse than me, were I to have done anything wrong at all, that is, and not have been completely misunderstood.

  • Géant Ferré

    He finally did the right thing

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