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>> Minnesota Senator Al Franken announced his resignation Thursday on the floor of the US Senate. A day after a majority of his Democratic senate colleagues called on him to step down in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.>> I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution.
Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as Member of the United States Senate.>> The 66 year old former comedian was seen as one of his party rising stars but that was before accusations surfaced three weeks ago that he had groped or tried to kiss women without their consent.
His fate was sealed after a seventh accuser came forward triggering a coordinated wave of tweets and statements from Democratic senators saying the two term senator should go. Democrats say their trying to set an example by holding their own members to account. As many Republicans including President Trump continue to support the Alabama senate runner Roy Moore, whom several women say insulted or pursue them when they were teenagers.
Reuters say not independent we verify the claims Ginger Gibson is on the story.>> Inside the party it just became politically untenable to continue to defend Al Franken while trying to simultaneously criticize Donald Trump and Roy Moore of Alabama, that they were going to lose that moral high ground
>> Franken took a clear shot at President Donald Trump and the Republicans on his way out the door.>> 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 is repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.>> Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton a Democrat, will appoint someone to take his place. Meaning the party will not risk losing the seat for now in the closely divided Senate.
Franken is now the second prominent Democrat to step down over sexual misconduct claims this week, after John Conyers the longest serving member of the House. Announced his retirement amid accusations he fired a staff member for refusing his advances.