Jarrad Henderson-USA TODAY

Sen. Al Franken: "I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate"

December 07, 2017 - 10:56 am

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) today announced he is resigning from the U.S. Senate, "in the coming weeks." Franken has been under pressure to resign his seat since being accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. 

This week, a former Democratic congressional aide said Franken tried to kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006. The woman, who wasn't identified in the report by Politico, says that after her boss left and she was collecting her belongings, Franken tried to kiss her, saying: "It's my right as an entertainer.'' Franken categorically denies the allegation, saying the idea he would claim such conduct as a right as an entertainer was "preposterous.''  Another woman, Tina Dupuy, told Politico that Franken grabbed a handful of flesh around her waist and squeezed at least twice, at a party to celebrate Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.  

Last month, a Los Angeles radio anchor was the first to accuse Franken, saying he had forcibly kissed her while they were rehearsing during a 2006 USO tour. KABC anchor Leeann Tweeden also made public a photo that shows Franken smiling, with his hands over her chest as if to grope her, as she slept. Franken, who was a comedian at the time, released a statement saying he remembered the alleged kiss differently and he felt "disgusted with myself'' over the photo. He apologized to Tweeden and to the public, and said he would cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.  

After that initial report, a few more women came forward with claims that Franken acted in a similarly inappropriate manner. 

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