AP: Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he’ll resign in the coming weeks amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations. He’s repeatedly apologized as several women accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior, and as his support from fellow Democrats evaporated.

The Minnesota lawmaker took to the Senate floor Thursday to say, “I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice.” He said he’ll addressing issues as an activist.

Franken said he can’t go through a Senate Ethics Committee investigation and effectively represent his state at the same time.

In remarks that lasted 11 minutes, he said that, thanks to his family, “I’m going to be just fine.”

He said some charges against him are untrue and that he remembers other differently than his accusers do. But he said women “deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously.”

 

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