Al Franken Resigning "In The Coming Weeks" From The U.S. Senate Following Sexual Misconduct Claims
WASHINGTON, DC -- Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has announced his resignation from the U.S. Senate "in the coming weeks" following claims of sexual misconduct.
Senator Franken made his announcement Thursday morning from the floor of the U.S. Senate and did not give a specific timetable for his departure.
During his speech, Franken said some of the claims of sexual harassment against him are untrue. Franken defended his record in the Senate and said he has tried to be "a champion of women".
More than 30 of Franken's Democratic colleagues urged him to resign, including Indiana's Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly.
"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," Sen. Franken says. "But this decision is not about me." https://t.co/WmT8OdZlN6 pic.twitter.com/Qvxx6B1c0O— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 7, 2017
"Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice. I will continue to stand up for the things I believe in as a citizen and as an activist," Sen. Franken says https://t.co/WmT8OdZlN6 pic.twitter.com/RgkYEqlNyy— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 7, 2017
"For a decade now, every time I would get tired or discouraged or frustrated, I would think about the people I was doing this for, and it would get me back up on my feet," Sen. Franken says, adding that he "would do it all over again in a heartbeat." https://t.co/WmT8OdZlN6 pic.twitter.com/qpIi68Zi0i— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 7, 2017
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