Franken Resigns In Emotional Speech, Denies Some Allegations

Franken Resigns In Emotional Speech, Denies Some Allegations

The "Me too" movement has claimed another scalp with a leading Democratic Senator and former TV star Al Franken forced to resign.

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", declared Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY. Tweeden said that Franken groped her breasts and kissed her without her consent in 2006 while they were performing together in a USO tour for military members in the Middle East.

Several lawmakers who knew Franken well have said they were "shocked and disappointed" to learn that there was such a stark contrast between his political advocacy for women and his alleged private behavior.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Facebook post sounded the opening salvo Wednesday, as she declared that the nation - and Congress - faced a "moment of reckoning" regarding sexual misconduct. There is, he said, a "false impression that I was admitting to doing things I haven't done", and characterized some of the allegations as "simply not true", while others, he indicated "I remember very differently". "But I know who I really am". I was upset. 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.

In a twist of timing, Franken took the floor of the Senate just after departing Alabama Sen. Luther Strange's farewell. This decision is not about me.

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.

Various Democratic candidates that can compete in an open primary for the seat. Minnesota Democratic Reps. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson both called for Franken to resign, as did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

With support from fellow Democrats vanishing, Franken had a stark decision to make: heed the calls to leave, and allow the party to close ranks and try to gain the moral high ground amid a tidal wave of sexual harassment allegations that have lashed the political world - or stay and fight.

Despite this, Franken said that he was resigning because he could not give the people of Minnesota his full attention while undergoing an Ethics Committee investigation. It would be highly irregular for the liberal politician to appoint a Republican to the seat. "I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside every day", Franken said.

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