US Senator Al Franken resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON (Alliance News) - US Senator Al Franken announced Thursday that he will resign from ...

Alliance News 7 December, 2017 | 6:09PM
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WASHINGTON (Alliance News) - US Senator Al Franken announced Thursday that he will resign from the Senate amid allegations of sexual misconduct that he said had become a distraction from his work.

Franken, a Democrat from the north-central state of Minnesota and a former television comedian, continued to deny many of the allegations against him and said he remembered other incidents differently than his accusers.

"Nevertheless, I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the US Senate," Franken said in a speech on the floor of the Senate.

He stressed he had welcomed the broader cultural conversation about sexual harassment and assault taking place in the US amid revelations about prominent figures in Hollywood, politics and the media.

"Then the conversation turned to me," he said. "Over the last few weeks a number of women have come forward to talk about how they thought my actions had affected them. I was shocked, I was upset, but in responding to their claims I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation because all women deserve to be taken seriously."

Leeann Tweeden, a radio host and model, who claimed Franken made advances without her consent during a USO tour to Afghanistan in 2006 and several other women have since said Franken touched them without their consent.

Franken is the second lawmaker to leave Congress this week in the widening viral backlash against sexual harassment and assault.

He called it ironic that he is resigning while President Donald Trump has bragged about being able to grope women and Senate candidate Roy Moore has the support of the Republican Party despite accusations of molesting teenage girls.

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