Al Franken announces resignation from the Senate

Sen. Al Franken AP

The call for Franken to leave the U.S. Senate came on the heels of yet another accuser coming forward with charges of untoward sexual conduct.

Franken said Thursday he will resign from the Senate. "Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice".

With his staff lining the wall of the Senate chamber, waving at him in support, and several of his Democratic colleagues watching his remarks with grim expressions, Franken noted that "all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously", but defiantly claimed that some of the allegations against him are "simply not true".

Texas Democrats said Thursday that they won't give back campaign money generated from a fundraiser headlined by disgraced Sen. Franken denied the allegations, the website said.

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Of those who, like Gillibrand, have called for Franken to resign amid on-the-record and anonymous claims of misconduct, Carlson warned not to take glee in others' downfall.

"I know who I really am", he said. Republicans, who hold a 52-48 majority, are now on the hunt for a top-tier candidate in a politically competitive state where President Donald Trump lost by less than 2 percentage points past year, reported NBC News.

Dupuy said she was offended by Franken's resignation speech and thought it was inappropriate that he delivered it on the Senate floor.

Franken is only the latest in a string of powerful American men who have left their jobs in the wake of sexual harassment or assault allegations. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation". 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.

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Franken directly addressed the #MeToo movement in his resignation speech. He was a cosponsor of the bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act in 2012, and introduced a bill in 2015 to make it easier for victims of workplace sexual harassment to seek justice. Half of the women who provided their accounts to various media outlets did so on the condition of anonymity.

"'It's my right as an entertainer, '" the woman says Franken told her after she avoided his kiss. You are watching somebody probably having the worst day of his life.

When Tweeden made her accusations, Franken said he did not remember the kissing incident - in which Tweeden said he stuck his tongue down her throat as they rehearsed a USO skit - in the way that she did.

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