Washington - Sen. Al Franken Announces He Will Resign Amid Misconduct Allegations

Published on: December 7th, 2017 at 12:00 PM
By: AP

Washington - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is resigning amid multiple misconduct allegations.

Once a rising star in the Democratic Party, Franken made the announcement in a speech Thursday on the Senate floor.

"I know in my heart that nothing I've done as a senator - nothing - has brought dishonor on this institution," Franken said on the Senate floor. "Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate."

The two-term lawmaker has repeatedly apologized as several women stepped forward to accuse him of nappropriate behavior.

But a fresh allegation on Wednesday unleashed a torrent of Democratic demands that Franken step aside. Female senators led the chorus.

Franken is an actor who appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and an author who narrowly won his Senate seat in 2008 after a prolonged vote count. He has been a fierce opponent of the Trump administration.

His political fall has been swift by congressional standards. The first allegation surfaced on Nov. 16.


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