USA senator Al Franken resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

USA senator Al Franken resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

USA senator Al Franken resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

"I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator has brought dishonor on this institution [.] I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate".

Franken was right about one thing: It is unfair (though not, perhaps, "an irony", as he put it) that he will leave the Senate and Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually pursuing teenage girls, will probably enter it.

"Some of the allegations against me are simply not true", Mr Franken said on Thursday. "Others I remember very differently".

Still, he said he could not both co-operate with an investigation and fully carry out his duties to his constituents.

The Huffington Post reported two more women accused Franken of inappropriately touching them in 2007 and 2008. "I know who I really am", he added, indicating that he was resigning not out of guilt, but because of the pressure from colleagues. The victor of the special election would serve out the remainder of Franken's term - until January 2021 - and face re-election in November 2020, thus restoring the six-year cycle of Senate seats.

If Franken leaves, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, would appoint someone to take his place, meaning the party would not risk losing the seat for now.

"Enough is enough", Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said.

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.

A torrent of Democrats quickly followed Ms Gillibrand. Instead, he talked about his own feelings, saying, "This has been a tough few weeks for me". "It's time for him to step aside".

The woman, who was not identified, told Politico that she ducked to avoid his lips but Mr Franken told her: "It's my right as an entertainer".

Franken apologized following her account's publishing.

Senator Al Franken announced today that he will be resigning amid sexual misconduct allegations. They're also hoping the sexual harassment scandal that engulfed Franken will saddle Democrats with enough baggage to help Republicans break through in 2018.

The allegations against Mr Franken began in mid-November when Leeann Tweeden, now a Los Angeles radio anchor, accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour in Afghanistan. "But Minnesotans deserve a senator who can focus with all her energy on addressing the challenges they face every day". Even the possibility of a vacant U.S. Senate seat had political operatives scrambling to compile research on the large and growing number of potential candidates.

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