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Franken Announces Senate Resignation Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

Franken Announces Senate Resignation Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

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Dec. 7 (UPI) — Mired in a growing sexual harassment scandal that saw members of his own party call for his removal, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he’s resigning from Congress.

Franken announced his departure on the Senate floor Thursday morning.

“Serving in the Senate has been a great honor of my life,” he said. “Today, I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the U.S. Senate.”

“I am aware there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving when a man who has bragged on tape sits in the oval office,” Franken said, referring to the Access Hollywood tape last year that purportedly included then-candidate Donald Trump bragging about touching women.

“Some of the allegations against me are simply not true,” he added, saying he has spent much of his Senate career as a champion for women.

Franken, 66, was first elected to the Senate in 2008 and won re-election in 2014. His term wasn’t set to expire until 2020.

“This has been a tough few weeks for me, but I am a lucky man. … I’m going to be just fine.”

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