Franken Resigns In Emotional Speech, Denies Some Allegations

Franken Resigns In Emotional Speech, Denies Some Allegations

Franken Resigns In Emotional Speech, Denies Some Allegations

Franken becomes the second prominent Democrat to announce his departure from Congress this week amid sexual misconduct allegations. Rep.

At least eight women, including model and TV host Leeann Tweeden, came forward in recent weeks to accuse Franken of inappropriate behavior, with the allegations ranging from groping and kissing without consent to unwanted sexual advances.

"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". That decision, he said, may have given "some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that, in fact, I haven't done".

Franken's departure is a headache for Democrats, exposing another seat in a midterm election that already had them defending two dozen incumbents.

Despite this, Franken said that he was resigning because he could not give the people of Minnesota his full attention while undergoing an Ethics Committee investigation.

"I know there's been a very different picture of me painted", Franken said.

"Enough is enough", declared Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY.

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On Wednesday, one woman said he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006, an accusation he vehemently denied.

Democratic Representative Ruben Kihuen faces pressure to resign as well over allegations reported by BuzzFeed that he repeatedly propositioned a former campaign worker.

"He's always had an interest in the Senate, so there's every reason to believe that conversation will be refreshed", former Coleman aide Josh Holmes said. The only requirements are that it is a Minnesota resident, at least 30 years old, and a US citizen for at least nine years. The victor of that election will serve until 2020, when he or she would decide whether to run again for a new six-year term.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday morning, December 7, 2017. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for Franken's resignation.

His lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, has been most frequently mentioned for the temporary appointment.

Dayton said he would make his appointment "in a couple of days". She would hold the seat until a special election in 2018.

Franken's Thursday resignation speech capped a meteoric political climb and swift fall for the former stand up comedian, who came into office in 2009 after surviving a recount, and was considered a potential Democratic candidate to challenge Donald Trump in 2020. Dayton is expected to move quickly to name a replacement if and when Franken makes it official.

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