Sen. Al Franken will resign from United States Senate
By: Lisa Montoya, Xiro Xone News December 7, 2017 Updated: 7:09 PM
Minnesota Senator Al Franken will resign from the US Senate an announcement he made a day after pressure from fellow Democrats to step down amid allegations that he sexually harassed women.
"Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate," said Franken on the Senate floor, adding, "It's become clear that I can't both pursue the ethics committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator for [the people of Minnesota]."
Three weeks ago allegations began with a Los Angeles radio host who described Franken's actions while the pair were on a USO trip together in 2006.
Despite the Senator's repeated apologies and acknowledgement of some wrongdoing, Franken resisted early calls for his resignation.
However, additional accusations of misconduct surfaced and on Wednesday, a coordinated effort, from a number of female democratic Senators. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., each put pressure on Franken to resign.
“I know in my heart, that nothing I have done as a senator -- nothing -- has brought dishonor on this institution," Franken said.
Franken continued but also pointed out others who face similar allegations such as President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
"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 the 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," Franken said.
A number of women have accused Trump of sexual harassment and assault during the 2016 presidential campaign while Roy Moore continues his campaign despite at least eight women have accused him of sexual misconduct when he was in his 30s while the women were in their teens.
Franken makes the second lawmaker to resign from Congress amid sexual misconduct allegations. Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., announced he would be resigning after more than 50 years in the House of Representatives after accusations of sexual misconduct.