Sen. Al Franken announces resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

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

Seventeen male colleagues followed, including top Democrat Chuck Schumer, who heaped major pressure on Franken by issuing a statement saying he should step down "immediately".

"Enough is enough", Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said. "It's not how it works", said Stephanie Kemplin, an Army veteran who says Franken groped her breast as she posed for a photo with him during a USO tour 14 years ago.

Franken called serving in the Senate an "honor", but announced that he will be resigning "in the coming weeks" since he can no longer be "effective". "This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous". "I have used my power to be a champion of women". Both men have also faced allegations of sexual misconduct. "But I know who I really am". "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".

Dupuy said she was offended by Franken's resignation speech and thought it was inappropriate that he delivered it on the Senate floor. 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 sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with with the full support of his party. This decision is not about me.

The push for Franken's resignation comes as ex-judge Roy Moore runs for Senate in Alabama amid allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s decades ago.

Moore has denied the accusations, but Trump's endorsement as well as the support of most of the Republican Party for the accused child molester has drawn fierce criticism. Even the possibility of a vacant U.S. Senate seat had political operatives scrambling to compile research on the large and growing number of potential candidates. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer of NY, called for Franken to step down following allegations made by eight women.

Under Dayton's reported plan, Smith would serve only as a placeholder until a special election - held in November 2018 - which would give the people of Minnesota the opportunity to elect someone to serve the remaining two years of what was supposed to be Franken's six-year term. It would be highly irregular for the liberal politician to appoint a Republican to the seat.

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