Senator Al Franlen (D-MN) announced his resignation in a Senate floor speech today, following intense pressure to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct by at least eight women.
The Minnesota senator initially brushed off the mounting allegations, however fellow Democrats withdrew their support for Franken after a woman accused Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Hours later, Franken was accused of squeezing a “handful of flesh” on her waist while posing for a 2009 photo.
During his address, Franken maintained his innocence, stating “some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others, I remember very differently,” and adding “I am proud that during my time in the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women.”
Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.
Al Franken is resigning from the Senate in the coming weeks after numerous accusations of sexual misconduct pic.twitter.com/eeOI22XvGn
— VICE News (@vicenews) December 7, 2017
Franken was sure to get a dig in at President Trump and Roy Moore:
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 about his history of sexual assault sits in the oval office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me.
Al Franken: "There is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office." pic.twitter.com/CKC4qpEPgc
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) December 7, 2017
Sen. Franken: "Even on the worst day of my political life, I feel like it's all been worth it." pic.twitter.com/YkcsPfYeQm
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 7, 2017
Idk who is having a worse day today? Hamas or Al Franken? pic.twitter.com/SzjdOvCpoU
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) December 6, 2017
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