Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said on Thursday that he is resigning his Senate seat after seven women came forward in recent weeks and said he groped or tried to forcibly kiss them.
“I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said in an emotional address in which he said some of the allegations against him are “simply not true” and that others he remembers differently.
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“I am proud that during my time in the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women and that I have earned a reputation as someone that respects the women I work alongside every day,” he said on the Senate floor. “I know there has been a very different picture of me painted in the last few weeks, but I know who I really am.”
Franken made note of the sexual misconduct scandals facing President Donald Trump and Roy Moore.
“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 the full support of his party,” Franken said.
"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," Sen. Franken says. "But this decision is not about me." https://t.co/WmT8OdZlN6 pic.twitter.com/Qvxx6B1c0O
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