Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation Thursday amid allegations that he inappropriately touched several women - a shameful exit for a rising star of the Democratic party. Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat, but I'm not giving up my voice. Franken has said that he will be making an announcement about his political future tomorrow.
Franken had been popular on the Democratic Party fundraising circuit until the sexual misconduct allegations arose. "We were finally beginning to listen to women in the ways in which men's actions affect them".
"I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator - nothing - has brought dishonour on this institution", Mr Franken said on Thursday. "But in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously".
He also stated that some of the allegations against him were untrue and acknowledged the irony of stepping down while President Trump remains in office.
Minnesota's governor, Democrat Mark Dayton, said he will be announcing a temporary replacement for Franken in the weeks ahead. "Any reports of a final decision are inaccurate". A fourth woman, an Army veteran, alleged Franken cupped her breast during a photo on a USO tour in 2003.
But the Texas Democratic Party has pointed out that the tens of thousands of dollars raised during the September Franken fundraiser in Austin came from donors, not Franken himself. CNN has not yet verified the claims in the Politico story, but Franken flatly denied the allegations int he report.
"Some of the allegations against me are simply not true", he said. He immediately put his hand on my waist, grabbing a handful of flesh. "At least twice", she wrote.More news: White House: Trump's slurred speech was caused by a dry throat
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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, a former writer and performer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", is serving his second term in the Senate.
Trump has since gone on to support Alabama judge Roy Moore who is running for the Senate amid a torrent of sexual assault allegations, some of which come from women who charge him with assaulting them when they were minors.
The stream of allegations against the former comedian began last month when a female radio newscaster accused him of an unwanted sexual advance, and said he groped her as she slept.
Multiple women have accused the 70-year-old of sexual misconduct with them when they were teens and he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s. If Moore is elected, it could create a political nightmare for Republicans, who have promised an ethics probe. "Others I remember differently".
After the initial accusations became public, Franken said he would stay in office and work to regain the confidence of the citizens of Minnesota, which he represents in Congress.