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|December 16, 2017|
Senator Franken quits with swipe at President Trump
WASHINGTON - Sen. Al Franken on Thursday announced he was quitting the austere upper chamber amid mounting accusations that he forcibly kissed or groped women, bowing to resignation calls from at least 32 of his fellow Senate Democrats.
However, he said he was stepping down despite knowing he was not guilty of the behavior described by his accusers. He said it was the right thing to do for the people of Minnesota.
“I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice,” the Minnesota Democrat said in speech on the Senate floor, vowing to continue his work as a political activist.
He said that he had welcomed the focus on sexual harassment that began with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, though he was surprised it came knocking at his door
“I am proud that during my time in the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women,” Mr. Franken said. “I know there has been a very different picture painted of me in the last few weeks, but I know who I am.”
Franken didn’t immediately give up his seat. He said he would formally resign in the coming weeks.
In his announcement, Franken took a swipe at President Trump.
“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 girl’s campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” said Franken.
Story Date: December 8, 2017