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Democratic Sen. Al Franken Resigns in Face of Sexual Harassment Accusations

HeadlineDec 08, 2017

Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota is resigning, after being accused by at least seven women of groping them or forcibly trying to kiss them without their consent.

Sen. Al Franken: “Today, I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate. I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota.”

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is expected to appoint Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Senator Franken.

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