Following an explosive wave of sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), over 30 Democratic senators turned against him Wednesday, demanding that Franken resign from his Senate seat.
Franken finally spoke out from the Senate floor Thursday morning, announcing his decision.
“Over the last few weeks, a number of women have come forward about how they felt my actions affected them,” he said.
“It gave some people the false impression that I admitted doing things I haven’t done. Some of the allegations against me are not true – others I remember differently,” he stated.
He claimed that he has been a champion of women.
“I know there’s been a different picture of me over the past few weeks, but I know who I really am. Serving in the U.S. Senate has been the 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 announced.
The lawmaker also struck out against President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, alleging, “I am aware that there is some irony 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.”
“Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat, but I’m not giving up my voice,” he said, saying he will remain an activist.
“There is a big part of me that will always regret having to walk away from this job,” he said.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is expected to appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) to replace Franken, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Thursday.
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