Al Franken Announces Resignation from the United States Senate Following Accusations of Sexual Assault

Moments ago, Al Franken of Minnesota announced that in the coming weeks he would resign from the United States Senate. The announcement of Franken’s resignation comes after several women accused him of sexual assault. Democrats began to call for his resignation after a sixth woman accused him of forcibly kissing her in 2006. Earlier this week, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan resigned after he was accused of using taxpayer money to silence women accusing him of sexual harassment.

Al Franken arrives for a committee meeting in the Senate. Image courtesy of Al Drago/The New York Times.

During his speech on the Senate floor, Franken did not apologize for his behavior. However, he did mention President Donald Trump and Judge Roy Moore, saying “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,” calling attention to the allegations of sexual assault against both Trump and Moore.

Senator Al Franken speaks on the Senate floor. Image courtesy of PoliticusUSA.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party, will soon be responsible for nominating someone to serve in the Senate until a special election to replace Franken is held. The winner of the special election will serve for the remainder of his term, which ends in 2020.

Cover photo courtesy of Associated Press.

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