Al Franken announces resignation from the Senate

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Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from the Senate on Thursday amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Minnesota Public Radio, citing a Democratic official who had spoken to the senator and aides, reported Franken would resign.

"Enough is enough", senator Kirsten Gillibrand declared on Wednesday. But this moment of reckoning about our friends and colleagues who have been accused of sexual misconduct is necessary, and it is painful. Leeann Tweeden said the incidents occurred during a 2006 U.S.O. tour, and a photograph appears to corroborate her claim of groping.

"Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate". I don't respect men who don't.

But they had lost patience with the growing tally of allegations and paved the path for Mr Franken's exit. "I have used my power to be a champion of women".

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Among other things, Franken has been accused of groping the backsides of women during photo opportunities. "Others I remember very different".

"I have been shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable".

"I was shocked, I was upset, but in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation", Franken said.

He will make an announcement from the Senate floor at 11:45 a.m. (1645 GMT), Franken spokesman Michael Dale-Stein said in an email, without elaborating. 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". "It's about the people of Minnesota".

Franken then also lashed out at President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, noting the sexual misconduct allegations against them.

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Moore has denied the accusations, but Trump's endorsement as well as the support of most of the Republican Party for the accused child molester has drawn fierce criticism.

After Kemplin came forward, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Democratic leader would not comment on the allegation against one of his fellow Democrats.

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He resigned Thursday amid sexual harassment allegations.

Under Dayton's reported plan, Smith would serve only as a placeholder until a special election - held in November 2018 - which would give the people of Minnesota the opportunity to elect someone to serve the remaining two years of what was supposed to be Franken's six-year term. If Moore is elected, it could create a political nightmare for Republicans, who have promised an ethics probe. "As a personal friend, my heart also goes out to Al and his family during this hard time", he said in a statement.

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"I extend my deepest regrets to the women, who have had to endure their unwanted experiences with Senator Franken".

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