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Al Franken Resigns from the Senate

Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken is denying an accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 200

An unnamed woman came forward Wednesday to accuse the Minnesota lawmaker of forcing himself on her.

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.

"I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said in a heartfelt speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat, but I'm not giving up my voice. Indeed, Franken's office has already said the Sen. will be making an announcement Thursday.

Some of the allegations against me are simply not true.

Of those who, like Gillibrand, have called for Franken to resign amid on-the-record and anonymous claims of misconduct, Carlson warned not to take glee in others' downfall.

This isn't over. The women who made the original allegations are nearly certain to speak out further.

He couldn't resist taking a swipe at Donald Trump and Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and the many allegations against them while he was at it. "I consider Senator Franken to be a friend and have enjoyed working with him in the Senate in our shared fight to help American families". Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer of NY, called for Franken to step down following allegations made by eight women. I said at the outset that the Ethics Committee was the right venue for these allegations to be heard and investigated and evaluated on their merits that I was prepared to cooperate fully and that I was confident in the outcome.

There will be a special election in November 2018 for Minnesota voters to officially elect a replacement for the remainder of Franken's term. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for Franken's resignation.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday morning, December 7, 2017. He was a cosponsor of the bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act in 2012, and introduced a bill in 2015 to make it easier for victims of workplace sexual harassment to seek justice. "I have used my power to be a champion of women". You are watching somebody probably having the worst day of his life.

After Franken finished speaking, the Senate chamber was silent.

She was joined by Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, Kamala Harris of California and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, who issued statements in a coordinated effort that is likely to jeopardize Mr. Franken's political future.