Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Sen. Al Franken Announces Resignation

While denying the veracity of some of the accusations of sexual misconduct levied against him by various women, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate later Thursday morning to announce he would, “in the coming weeks,” resign his seat in the wake of the numerous allegations and under pressure from his Democratic colleagues.

“The Democratic Party was on the verge of failing a moral and political test. Then its women stepped in.” —Dara Lind,”Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently,” Franken said, before acknowledging that under the shadow of the allegations, he could no longer be “an effective senator” for the people of Minnesota.

“I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution, and I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree. Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” he said.

Watch Franken’s floor speech:

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Franken, a well-known comedian and political commentator before he ran for office in 2008, said it was the “honor of his life” to serve in the U.S. Senate, but admitted that “today was the worst day of his political career.”