Al Franken Resigns After Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Calls Out Trump And Moore

"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."

Senator Al Franken announced his decision to resign on the Senate floor on Thursday.

"I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate," The Democratic politician from Minnesota said. He also addressed the multitude of sexual misconduct allegations, claiming that some of them were not true, according to CNN.

Franken did not apologize during his announcement, but he did call out President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

"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," stated Franken.

Franken recently apologized for groping and kissing sleeping newscaster Leeann Tweeden in 2006 during a USO tour. 

"The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. There's more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it's the only thing you care to hear, that's fine — is: I'm sorry," Franken said in his apology statement in reference to groping Tweeden.

Her initial allegation led to many other women coming forward to accuse the senator of sexual misconduct. Just yesterday, a large group of Democratic senators called on Franken to resign.

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