After Numerous Sexual Harassment Allegations, Sen. Al Franken Announces Resignation

08 December, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • From left Rep. Elise Stefanik R-N.Y. Rep. Cheri Bustos D-Ill. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y. Gretchen Carlson and Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. hold a news conference to introduce legislation to curb sexual harassment in the workplace on Capitol H

She said she was gathering her belongings to follow her boss out of the room.

Franken said that in responding to women's reports of his behavior, he "wanted to be respectful" of the broader conversation around harassment and men's abuses of power.

Franken apologized for his behavior after earlier accusations and said he would cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

But with six other women now reportedly coming forward to accuse Franken of touching them inappropriately, a chorus of Democratic senators said it was time for him to go. There is, he said, a "false impression that I was admitting to doing things I haven't done", and characterized some of the allegations as "simply not true", while others, he indicated "I remember very differently".

"I extend my deepest regrets to the women, who have had to endure their unwanted experiences with Senator Franken".

He noted that he was being forced out while President Donald Trump - who has been accused of worse offences and bragged on a leaked Access Hollywood videotape of grabbing women by their genitalia - emerged unscathed. 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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Most Senate Democrats called for Franken's resignation on Wednesday.

But they had lost patience with the growing tally of allegations and paved the path for Mr Franken's exit. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) demand that embattled Sen. After MPR News reported the planned resignation, a tweet from Franken's official account said it was "not accurate".

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 of sexual misconduct in a piece published by The Atlantic. Al Franken's announcement Thursday that he will resign sets off a scramble toward a special election in 2018 to finish the Minnesota Democrat's term, with former governor and one-time presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty seen as a top possibility for Republicans to cash in an unforeseen pickup chance.

"A number of women have come forward", Franken said, quickly summarizing the now nine allegations of sexual harassment.

Last month a radio host alleged Franken had forcibly kissed her and then released a photo of him appearing to grope her while she slept.

On the Democratic side, Franken's departure adds to the strain for a party trying to cut into the GOP's two-seat margin in the Senate while having to defend many more seats.

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