Al Franken Announces Intention To Resign From Senate Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations
As more allegations of sexual misconduct pile up, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced today (Dec. 7) his plans to resign from the US Senate.
Franken fully believes that an ethics committee investigation would find him innocent, but he didn't feel he could continue to serve under the circumstances and will be stepping down in the coming weeks.
"Some of the allegations against me are simply not true," said Franken during his address, "others I remember very differently."
Franken made sure to take shots at Republicans and the double standard on his way out the door.
"There is some irony that I am leaving while a man who bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who preyed on young girls runs for Senate with the full support of his party," said Franken, referencing President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Franken's replacement will be selected by Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Dayton is expected to choose Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who will hold the seat until a special election in November 2018.