Senator Al Franken Resigns after charges of Sexual Misconduct
By Anais Bundy 12/9/17
Minnesota Senator Al Franken resigned from his Senate seat after at least six women accused him of groping or touching their bodies inappropriately. He said the actions were innocuous but then apologized and offered to be investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee.
Franken was first accused three weeks ago by a morning radio anchor, of forcibly groping and kissing her in 2006. A short time later another woman came forward accusing Franken of sexual misconduct in 2010. That was during his time as a senator. Now six women have come forward to accuse the former SNL comedian of improper advances.
On Wednesday, thirty-five Democratic senators called on Franken to resign. Nearly all of the Senate’s Democratic women and men were among them.
The following day Franken made a speech on the Senate floor announcing his decision to leave his seat in Congress. But he said he would continue to speak out in favor of women who expose sexual misconduct.