Sen. Al Franken announced from the Senate building Thursday that he will be resigning in the coming weeks, after the infancy of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate urged him to step aside. Multiple women accused Franken of inappropriately touching them or attempting to lick them.
Franken pronounced he has denied some of the allegations against him, and recalls other instances differently. He believed the Senate Select Committee on Ethics was the suitable venue for handling those accusations. But he famous that had had to step aside, and that in the weeks ahead, “I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.”
“Let me be clear, we may be resigning my chair but we am not giving up my voice,” the Minnesota Democrat pronounced from the Senate floor. “I will continue to mount up for the things we trust in as a citizen and as an activist,” Franken said.
More than 20 Democratic senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, were benefaction on the Senate building for Franken’s seat, and Franken’s wife and family watched from the gallery unaware the chamber. Franken pronounced the accusations against him do not compare up with who he is. Franken’s debate did not embody the word “sorry” in it.
“I know there’s been a very opposite picture of me embellished over the last few weeks but we know who we really am,” Franken said.
But Franken pronounced he also famous the irony in stepping down, while some-more than a dozen women have accused President Trump of inapt behavior. Without fixing him, Franken alluded to thein which Mr. Trump talked about grabbing women.
“I, of all people, am wakeful that there is some irony in the fact that we am leaving while a man who has bragged on fasten about his story of passionate attack sits in the Oval Office,” Franken pronounced on the Senate floor. “But this decision is not about me.”
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Franken pronounced that even on Thursday, the “worst” day of his domestic life, he was beholden for his time spent portion the people of Minnesota.
“I would do it all over again in a heartbeat,” he said.
Minnesota’s governor, Democrat Mark Dayton, pronounced he will be announcing a proxy deputy for Franken in the weeks ahead.
CBS News’ John Nolen contributed to this report.