Al Franken

Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from the Senate on Thursday amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” he said during a speech on the chamber floor.

Franken took the opportunity to cast blame on others, including President Donald Trump, who have been accused of sexual harassment and abuse.

“I of all people am aware that there is some irony that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault is in the Oval Office and that a man who preys on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of members of his own party,” he said.

Franken’s widely expected resignation comes a day after at least 35 Democratic senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, publicly called on the Minnesota Democrat to resign on Wednesday as he faced two new accusations of sexual misconduct.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and several other female Democratic senators led the calls for Franken to resign, describing the allegations against him as a pattern of mistreatment.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

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